The first was that with the strings slack and the truss rod not functional, the neck was really bowed concave, like too much reliefand it should actually be straight.
Nuts Why change your nut? This thing repeated itself maybe two or three more times: Please reference the pots you and your tech refer to im always looking for better. The truss rod broke, and it is a huge bummer. This guitar was being turned from a standard strat into a two pickup both are Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders guitar with two volumes, on tone, and a 3-way switch.
I started by removing the old pickguard, electronics, and bridge, and discovered that some of the bridge mounting holes need plugging. The second thing he pointed out was that the truss rod might have been shot, or was going to break soon anyway.
Next I roughed in the nut. These precision engineered nuts are made with a specially formulated material which couples the strings vibration to the neck and brings out the hidden harmonics and richness in every note. I actually used force to get it to catch on the rod.
I always shave off the plug with a razor blade. That happen to me on my Esquire several time as well as on my 57 Reissue american Strat. No matter what type of stringed instrument you have, the nut is one of the most important parts of the overall performance, playability and tone of your instrument.
Graph Tech has created specific materials so you can get the most our of your instrument.
A word on the quarter pounders: Then came the setup and the broken truss rod. That being said I own lots of strats and teles and ive had to rub a few burrs off from time to time but have broke one string in 3 years and im a mad bender and it was a g-string I broke: TUSQ nuts, saddles and bridge pins have harmonically rich tone, without the inconsistency found in ivory, bone or other natural materials.
Like all Graph Tech materials, it is completely consistent from piece to piece and within each piece. My new plug is seen closer to the camera, and the old plug that I reglued is at the sixth screw away from the camera: The bridge before I cleaned it: Also what guitars use them.
I have two violin carving knives, and they have their use, but the razor blade is real sharp and I mim strat nut slot hold it flat against the surface. Yes, you read it right. Ok, maybe just one before and one after.