I did a(n actual Strat repair) thing!

Brian Krashpad

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I only have one Strat. Not really a Strat guy, but everyone should have one, so I do!

But at any rate this Strat, Coco, had been in a gigbag, and had somehow got knocked into something hard enough to break the nut, chipping off the bit outside the low E string, rendering it unplayable. Given that I'm fortunate to have many other guitar options, when one goes down it typically takes me forever to get it repaired. And this was no exception.

So I sent off for a pair of replacement nuts (an extra just to be safe) and then those sat around palatial Casa Krashpad for a month or two while I screwed up my courage. Yesterday morning I took the bridge access back panel off, removed all the strings (I'd forgotten how much of a pain in the behind that is on a Strat-- every last one of the boogers was stuck fast, and had to be snaked out with the ol' straightened paper clip trick), removed the old broken nut, slightly widened the neck slot to accommodate the new nut, seated the new nut, and finally replaced all the strings.

This was an operation I'd never even attempted before, as I very much do NOT own any specialized luthiery tools, or for that matter really any nice woodworking tools, in particular missing small files that were almost a necessity to do a fine job. So an actual luthier would no doubt cringe on close inspection of the result.

That said, the dang thing DOES actually work, and without having to deepen or widen any of the pre cut nut slots! So, I did a thing! Both Coco and I are very happy, and she's officially back in the rotation.

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judson

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great job!!!!!

feels good dont it :dude:


the rubber mallet and the vice grips are a bit scary to be using but whatever works for you do it.

fun to learn new things and gain some confidence to work on your own stuff...it takes time and there are plenty of utubes out there....plus here at MLP there is the best knowledge on the web to ask people that are experts...

and you saved yourself some coin....have fun !!

nice looking strat BTW !
 

Bobby Mahogany

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Nice Strat!

I thought Japan 50's form late 90's?
But there have been so many models since...
 

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Good for you. It’s gotta start somewhere and that’s how you learn. The more you can learn to do yourself the better. Asking someone else to set up a guitar to your liking is like asking someone to try on a pair of pants for you.
 


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