• powerchord

    LTD Snakebyte nut issue

    Hey guys,

    noticed my Snakebyte's high e-string is only half in the slot & don't sound right at all. and the G string is not very deep either but it stays in position. (the guitar was like this since i bought it)

    also the guitar will not stay in tune, nut issue or the ESP locking tuners you think ?

    should i upgrade to a bone nut like the ESP version ? can i buy one identical with no mods needed ?

    thanks !!

    • Pushead

      Take it to a repair shop and have it set up. They'll either deepen the slots or recommend replacing it.

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    • Tom.Ashworth

      Chances are your strings are too thick for the nut causing them to stick. This creates tuning issues. The fact the strings don't sit properly in the nut makes this even more likely. Take it too a tech who will likely deepen/widen the slots.

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    • Tom.Ashworth

      Did the store you bought it from not do a general setup?

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    • JSHRED

      10-46 is the facotry set of strings for that. They should be nice and cozy in the nut without any issues. It's sad what passes for a factory nut these days, even on guitars in the $500 to $1000 range.

      Again I agree with Mr. P. Unfortunately it's something tricky unless you're a pro. A pro luthier can probably file the slots to the right width and depth, but if you did want to go to a bone nut, now would be the time. Just keep in mind the luthier will make you a bone nut from scratch, so you're looking at a few bucks for that.

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    • Tondog

      Making ESP fix it will take a great deal of patience. I've got a new ESP Eclipse that the nut was cut too low on.

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    • JSHRED

      I wish you were in my area, I'd take care of it for you. I have all the files and gauges. Nut work is the bread and buttah of guitars.

      I honestly don't have any real objections if you want to grab a .010 file from Stew Mac. Yes, you can go too far, but here's a safe approach.

      String up your guitar, if it isn't already.

      Loosen your high E by a set amount, say 3 turns of the peg. Temporarily move the string from the E slot to the B slot.

      Give the file a few drags through the slot. Try to be level and straight.

      Put the string back, tighten it with the same number of turns to get it close to pitch, and feel it. Better? Great, you're done. Not it? Repeat until you get there.

      NOW. If you get a little crazy and go too deep, as a last resort, if you can get a tube of super glue with a micro applicator needle tip, you can put a microscopic dab of superglue down in the slot and it will raise it up a smidge. Just make sure you let it dry before you restring! But all in all, it's better if you stop filing before it gets that low.

      I wish I could measure it, check it and fix it for you, but it sounds like you've got the right idea. Good luck.

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    • JSHRED

      Good job man. Isn't that just the best feeling in the world?

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