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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDog View Post
    And if it turns out that the Nut IS high, a set of nut files
    is what I got, so no expense at shops, and I am able to
    fettle any stringed instrument that comes my way!
    With patience and a gentle touch, there is nothing to fear
    and if you go too deep, nuts are cheap enough,or often
    can be turned upside down to start again! Or built up again
    as per many posts on here!
    I am interested if you can point out some net link from where to buy such file(s) at a reasonable cost versus having a single nut handled by a professional.
    From what I understand the file should have an U instead V shape to make round base for a string instead something that might make string stick or even cuts it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarmo_S View Post
    I am interested if you can point out some net link from where to buy such file(s) at a reasonable cost versus having a single nut handled by a professional.
    From what I understand the file should have an U instead V shape to make round base for a string instead something that might make string stick or even cuts it.
    Both Stewmac and Luther's Mercantile has full sets of nut files, but the FULL set will set you back ~$100, but they are tools you can use over and over, as opposed to paying a guitar tech $50 to do a one-time setup.

    https://www.stewmac.com/SiteSearch/?...Files&o=Lowest

    or

    https://www.lmii.com/search?ordering...le&depth=quick

    OTOH, on the cheap you can use a hacksaw blade to get the depth quickly, and then get a 'welding torch tip cleaner' set which has more than a dozen gauges of round files and use them to round out the nut slots after getting the height correctly set, via CB Gitty ($7) or Amazon:

    https://www.cbgitty.com/tools-templa...d-bridge-file/

    or

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_p...price-asc-rank
    Last edited by Booli; 12-06-2017 at 06:07 AM. Reason: fixed links to https
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    Thank you Booli, the tinker in me is now tempted. The wary one is like too much bother ... just get it done by pay someone who at the moment knows better.
    The links are not https also.

    To OP, if you put a credit card between 1st fret and string, it should leave no gap. This test works of course only for the outer strings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarmo_S View Post
    Thank you Booli, the tinker in me is now tempted. The wary one is like too much bother ... just get it done by pay someone who at the moment knows better.
    The links are not https also....
    Glad to help.

    Myself I use the hacksaw/tip-cleaners because I'm a cheapskate, but doing so is quite fiddly and I'd expect it would be more accurate, as well as take less time with the 'proper' (but more expensive) tools.

    I fixed the links and edited my above post, and now all are https://, I just copy/pasted from my bookmarks, and maybe some I had saved were not https://, sorry about that. Seems that the HTTPSEverywhere extension in Firefox does not always force https://, I dunno, but I am not happy with Mozilla with v57 (and holding out on v56 until I can give PaleMoon a test drive) but that's a tale for another time...
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    Sorry, I meant to add in my earlier post, I use welding
    tip cleaner 'files' myself! But rather than a hacksaw,if
    a good depth is needed, I use an old steel nail file to
    remove the bulk of the nut,and finish with the 'files'!
    All power and respect to you Concert,Tenor and Baritone players, but Soprano is what does it for me every time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDog View Post
    Sorry, I meant to add in my earlier post, I use welding
    tip cleaner 'files' myself!
    This is what I use as well. Luthier tools can be expensive, but I'm sure well worth it.

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    I made an order from a local finnish netshop that sells all kinds of tools. Comes cheaper I think than from Amazon, also many Amazon tip cleaners are not sold to Finland for some odd reason.

    From there, I got 6 for a total delivery price of 34€. They would not deliver for a smaller order, so now I will have them to last my lifetime if being careful of not bending or forcing too much.
    https://webshop.industriacenter.fi/p...stussarja-esab

    Sizes are from 0.5mm (0.0197 inch) to 3mm, so the smaller ones should work according to this thread: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...ring-Thickness

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