Tips on changing nut location

eddie_bowers

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I have come to the conclusion that the nut location on my bulldog kit (built years ago and played a lot) is wrong. It’s too far away from the first fret making open notes flat if everything else is in tune.
The nut slots have been deepened to reduce too much sharpening of the first two frets but it’s not enough.

I cobbled together a shelf nut a couple of years ago and it’s been working OK. I even started tweaking it to make it into a compensated nut.
It works fine, but looks a little thick

So I was thinking of sawing off some fretboard to bring the nut into its proper place. I honestly will probably still want a compensated nut now that I’m liking that.
It makes me very nervous though. I also don’t know how to deal with the gap in the headstock from moving it forward.

Any suggestions on an approach?
 

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