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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / High E string pops out of nut

greg1948
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Tbird Greg
Nov 18th, 2018 06:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Twice last night the high E string popped out of the nut on my J5 Tele. I was playing pretty aggressively. Not a good thing in the middle of a song, for sure. I'm guessing the best solution would be to replace the nut, but maybe there is a simpler solution???

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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Nov 18th, 2018 11:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

First, check the nut slot to make sure it's cut deep enough. Also consider heavier gauge strings for more tension. It may come down to a new nut with more shoulder.

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Four feets

By eight feets
Nov 18th, 2018 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

The high E nut slot should be at least as deep as the diameter of the string.

Also a thing to check is the string tree. You can remove the spacer from a butterfly-type tree and that slightly increases the break angle over the nut, holding the string more securely.

greg1948
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Tbird Greg
Nov 18th, 2018 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

This guitar has staggered tuners, which supposedly eliminates the need for string trees, but in my case, it is not working out. I did take some fine sandpaper folded in two and gently worked it through the slot, especially on the headstock side. Don't know yet if that will help until the next time I'm banging away.

(This message was last edited by greg1948 at 07:40 AM, Nov 19th, 2018)

ejm

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Nov 19th, 2018 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

The problem as I see it is that if you cut the nut slot deeper you can potentially mess up the action enough that the nut will need to be replaced. Hopefully you won't find that out the hard way. ;>))

I have heard that the EJ Strats with the staggered tuners had similar problems.

I have never understood why a string tree is such a huge problem that they needed to design it away.

If you eventually need to replace the nut, a Tusq pre-slotted is cheap and DIY easy.


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By eight feets
Nov 19th, 2018 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I have never understood why a string tree is such a huge problem that they needed to design it away."

It's two less parts (the tree and the screw), which saves on production cost.

Which increases wholesale margin on the item.

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Nov 20th, 2018 12:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

"It's two less parts (the tree and the screw), which saves on production cost.

Which increases wholesale margin on the item."

While that makes sense, I would think having multiple length tuning posts would increase minimums due to being a different size each. Maybe not, though.

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