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any of you guys raised a guitar nut for slide guitar?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:55 pm    Post subject: any of you guys raised a guitar nut for slide guitar? Reply with quote

is it just a case of knocking the nut out and gluing a few bits of wood (match sticks?) under it?

there's these things, but they'd really jack it up and there's only one very wide string spacing..



i'd still like to be able to finger a few notes
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe just raise your bridge higher, square up your saddles and if need be, loosen the truss rod a bit. but to answer you question, no I have not.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've raised the bridge, but the truss rod is a good idea.

the nut is cut really low for teh shredz, so even with a high bridge it gets a bit too low below the 5th fret.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

put one of these in:

then adjust it to the height you want
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I play slide but I've never done this. Having said that, there are guitars that I don' think I would attempt slide on because the action's so low. Instead I have high action guitars for slide and such and low ones for noodling.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fakir Mustache wrote:
put one of these in:

then adjust it to the height you want


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah where's the link lol

looks like a ballache to install, probably by screws?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

do an robroe setup

strings a half inch off the fretboard
run 13's
wound 3rd

i'm sure he has a video somewhere.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a pull a Gary Rosington (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and stick a screwdriver under the strings.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sloan wrote:
Just a pull a Gary Rosington (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and stick a screwdriver under the strings.


I believe Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo also pull that trick from time to time.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it does the trick. i lost my slide a while ago so i dont even have anything setup for slide
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just do a pic search for "adjustable nut".
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sloan wrote:
Just a pull a Gary Rosington (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and stick a screwdriver under the strings.


Nice. A screwdriver would look awesome, if it isn't too heavy or stick out too far. I like the idea of a handle. I wonder if they ever move it around like a capo.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whereas Rossington did it to jack the strings higher for slide, SY generally stick screwdrivers and drumsticks under their strings to act as the new nut/bridge for pingity-clang applications. Rossington actually switched to using a piece of thick gauge electrical hookup wire, and says he doesn't actually need anything under there anymore because he's gotten better at slide, he just keeps doing it during performances of Free Bird for sentimental reasons because he always did back in the day.
The wire method would be a little less risky to your fingerboard wood/neck finish than sliding screwdrivers around under the first fret but would muffle open strings... which would all be out of tune anyway because you've divided the strings in an unnatural way.


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