This is a great thread roman. My 2 cents about the nut: I figure that if you adjust the action of the plastic nut and add a bit of graphite, and the nut is working ok, the extra effort of replacing the nut is not worth the trouble. I am willing to be convinced otherwise of course. But once you fret a note the nut is no longer part of the equation, right? I've put bone and grahptech nuts on a half dozen or so guitars, but I haven't noticed a big, if any, difference in tone. Obviously even the most expesive nuts are relatively cheap, so there's no reason to skimp if you need to replace one. But "if it aint broke don't fix it" at least reduces the chance of damaging the finish if the factory went crazy glueing it in or whatnot. Just MHO. Again, I'm open to learn more about this. BTW, the part about rolling the neck binding was cool. I didn't know that people did that. I have a new Trad Pro that plays ok, but does have a few high frets. I've done fret work on unbound teles and strats, and this thread has answered my questions about doing it on my Epi withuot fear.