I've always gotten really good advice here, so I was hoping you all could help me with a conundrum I've been struggling with for the past few days. I have a guitar that the previous owner seems to have clamped down way too hard on the nut, and left a dent (more like a slice) all along the G string where it rests on the nut. I've been playing it with a tiny piece of paper under the string in the V of the nut. I want to replace the nut with one that hopefully fits perfectly.
The guitar is a Fernandes LA-85KK from around '96 or so. It's a signature model of Ken from the Japanese band L'Arc~en~Ciel, if any of you have ever heard of them. It was sold exclusively in Japan, and I assume made there as well. It's also known as the LA-115KK, because they based the model number on the price in yen, so when the price went up, the model number changed as well (strange, I know).
Here's a pic of the nut in question:
and here's the guitar if anyone is curious:
(except mine is nearly mint and has the right bar on it!)
The trem is a Fernandes FRT 5Pro-TRS, manufactured by Takeuchi. It has a screw-in bar with a tapered tip (it's 6mm, like the Allparts bar, but the Allparts bar won't fit in it) and a flat head tension screw on the bottom of the block (beats those expensive nylon washers!
I've measured with a digital caliper, and the best I can tell is that the nut is about 42.2mm, which is freaky to me, because all the nuts I've found are 42.9/42.85 or 41 something. I measured the string spacing, but I think I did it wrong, because I was measuring at/in front of the nut (got a couple light scratches on my fingerboard from the sharp tips of the caliper too, arrrrgh!). The string spacing there was around 36mm, so I thought I should be looking at an R4 nut, but now I think I was supposed to be measuring down by the saddles. Is that correct? My fingerboard wishes I had known that sooner.
I should mention that it's a front mounting nut, even though that should be obvious from the pic.
Here's the spec sheet I can find for the guitar:
I'm looking to get a nice gold Gotoh or Schaller nut to replace it with. I'm also worried about the nut height, because I've heard that there can be some differences in nut heights between OFR and LFR nuts. I've had zero luck googling "Fernandes nut replacement", but I know Takeuchi made trems for lots of folks, including Jackson. I don't believe there are any shims under the current nut. I actually slid a piece of business card under the nut when I was trying to fix the buzzing G issue, and I didn't notice anything in there.
Can anybody point me in the right direction regarding re-measuring, and hopefully give me some encouraging advice?
I'm really trying to order one today so I can have it fixed by the middle of next week, and I'm really worried about ordering the wrong part. I don't have a car so taking it to a guitar shop would be difficult.
Thanks awesome peeps! (Oh and just so you don't throw me out, my other guitar is a Chromeboy.