How to Keep your Guitar Nut working at its Best

To every musician, this is very important to get innovative and improved playability from the guitar he has. It is not obvious that the guitar will always be ready for giving the best performance. This is an instrument and it requires maintenance and then you will get the fruitful result. Well, a guitar’s performance depends on the quality of string height, spacing and nut material.

To ensure the best combination of these things, you have no other option except maintaining the guitar in the most right way. In today’s article, people who want to know about guitar nut repairing and maintaining techniques will get the easiest way of doing that.

Well, all the tips and tricks regarding the guitar nut working will be found in this article. We tried to show how you can do this in an economical way to reuse the old nuts instead of bridging the new ones. Before starting, you should follow some tips.

If you are new to playing the guitar, then don’t dare to do this with an expensive guitar as you are doing this for the very first time and you may get it spoiled. Our suggestion is to get a cheap guitar so that you can experiment confidently till the time you learn the process thoroughly. Now, let’s get into the details.

1. Refitting A Loose Guitar Nut

If you need to refit the loose nut of the guitar, you should first make sure that the guitar’s strings are out of your working place. You should either remove the strings or place them in such a way that won’t annoy you to work on the nuts.

First, you should check the nuts and their positions. These should be stable in their positions. If you find these shaky, you have to pull out the nuts. Clean the nuts if there is any dry glue that you used before and get the nuts back in the holes.

This time you can use small drops of Titebond, Krazy Glue if you don’t have enough time. You also can use simple wooden glue. But it will take some time for drying, approximately 30 minutes to two hours.

Now you can place the strings and you should do it orderly. When you are done, attach the strings with glue and leave it to let it be dried. No matter how expensive a guitar you have, it can also face this problem due to seasonal changes.

2. Dealing with Excess Material

The next possible error that you may face regarding the nuts is dealing with the excess materials. Well, when you are using a guitar for years, it is very obvious that the nuts will get stuck with the surrounding due to excess materials around these.

If you found something like this, get this fixed right now. You can use low-tack masking or painter’s tape to remove the materials. You have to apply a fine-cutting file to remove excess materials and do this until you are getting the perfect neck finish. But you should work considering the nut materials.

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If you have sensitive nut materials like bone or Tusq, you should be careful doing this. You can also use the sanding block with 200 grit sandpaper to get the excess material out. When you are done trimming the nuts, even the corners of these. You should start with the 400, then 600, and last with the 1000 grit sandpapers.

3. Repairing Worn Slots

This is a very common problem for a guitarist when the guitarist is providing an amazing plank and string slots cause buzz instead of melodious tune.  This is very easy to get your tune fixed by repairing the worn slots. Well, only one worse slot is enough for making your job bad.

You should first identify the culprit and remove the strings to get the slot musked off. Before starting, you need materials to make the new slot. The most-used materials are Krazy Glue and baking soda. This combination definitely works. But we suggest using the material that is used in the slot construction.

Well, you can use bone dust for this purpose and also a hacksaw cutter to cut the slots. Use the blade to cut off the old slot and expose the new materials. Now it’s time to work with the materials. Put a few drops of Krazy Glue and put the bone dust on the glue.

Make sure that you are rolling the shaft with a screwdriver to keep the dust gathered on the slot. Do it fast as the glue dries even faster. When it’s dried up, give it a few minutes to remove the excess materials. In this way, you can get all the worn slots new.

4. Re-Cutting a Guitar Nut

Re-cutting a guitar’s nut is a bit tricky and people make mistakes while doing it. With years of experience, we find out the following way of re-cutting the guitar nut in the possible most effective ways. For doing this, you need a slot cutter that is sharp enough to make a smooth cut and Teflon oil or pencil lead for the lubrication.

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First, loosen off the strings and remove this from the path of working. Make sure that the workplace has enough groove to grab the strings. Use the slot cutter to cut the nut deeper until the strings go to the right level. Do this until you get the result best. Then put some Teflon oil or pencil lead for better lubrication and tune your guitar to pitch.

5. Repairing Minor Cosmetic Damage

Cosmetic damage is not serious all the time for the guitar. If it is damage to minor chips, it is not a big issue. But if the nuts get cracked and affect the tune, you should get it fixed. This is super easy to deal with the filling materials in the damaged area. Try to use a similar coloured filler material. Fill the damaged area with the filling and leave it to dry off. You just need to polish it and it looks amazing.


As we said before, dealing with the old nuts is not an easy task. You should have the proper knowledge and practical experience to do this stuff accordingly. Maybe you won’t succeed on the first attempt. But when you get the process nicely, this is far better than bringing a new guitar. So, keep trying until you become the best in guitar nut working.