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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-08-2011, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Nut Shim

Anyone have any recommendations on what to use for a nut shim on an Ibby equipped with a LoPro when you don't have any of the standard shims? Thanks.
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Re: Nut Shim

Cut up some business cards or other cardstock, Stack them if needed--works like a charm!



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I like using metal. Aluminum can is about .1mm, just cut a can up.
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Re: Nut Shim

Thanks. Would the business card trick work here as well, or is thin metal (coke can) the best option?
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Whoops, didn't see AlaskaBat's post. I guess I'll give the business card option a go first. Don't have any aluminum cans. Thanks to the both of you.
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Business card is about .3mm and alot thicker than you think. If you need that much the guitar was never playable.
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Re: Nut Shim

Ok, putting the brakes on that idea. Perhaps I should describe the problem first. The action is a bit on the low side towards the nut end of the neck for the height it is at the heel end. Am I heading in the wrong direction thinking a nut shim is necessary?
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Re: Nut Shim

it should be lower. If you want more add some relief.
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Re: Nut Shim

Thanks. I'm aware that it should be lower, but it's lower than what I've normally experienced. I already gave about 1/4 turn earlier, so I'll give her another turn....
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Re: Nut Shim

Shims and nut height in general have little to do with the overall action of the guitar. You can feel the change in the first position though.

Check for nut height: Tune guitar up, fret the string between the 3rd and 4th fret, and measure the gap between the bottom of the string and the top of the fret. You should have between .010" and .004 clearance. If the string rests on top of the fret, you need a shim.
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+.2mm in nut height is + .2mm in action through at least the 5th fret, and it can definitely be felt.

I should have stated earlier, you can use relief to add clearance at the first, and action up till mid scale +, but not at the sacrifice of getting too high an action at the middle of the relief. You want the relief to be stable at your desired setting. Adjust the nut height if you want more string feel in the lower frets, or if it's creating too much buzz.
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Re: Nut Shim

Stew Mac sells split shims for a really good price:

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Nuts,_sa...Nut_Shims.html

I tend to prefer the split shims because I seem to never find a guitar with the same string clearance on both sides of the nut.
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Re: Nut Shim

Thats because most of us don't want the clearance even. Most players prefer more clearance on the bass side than the treble.
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Whoops, didn't see AlaskaBat's post. I guess I'll give the business card option a go first. Don't have any aluminum cans. Thanks to the both of you.

Aluminum Can. 65 cents.... O.o lol You have business cards, but not cans? lol
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Aluminum Can. 65 cents.... O.o lol You have business cards, but not cans? lol
yep cans work great . i have also cut up larger picks to make shims out of . the triangle bass picks work great .
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