Ever had issues with your string binding on the nut while tuning only to have them go horribly flat (especially the “G” string) once you’ve starting wailing and bending notes?! I have had this problem on my Les Paul for years and I’ve just lived with it as part of the Les Paul playing experience.
I’ve recently built a new project Telecaster (body/neck from Warmoth.com) and had Graph Tech style nut installed on the Tele neck and it plays like a dream without all the tuning problems. This made it impossible for me to go back to the “tuning hell” of playing the Les Paul. I decided it was time to upgrade the low quality plastic nut with a high-end nut from Graph Tech called the Black Tusq XL. After searching the ‘net for a good deal on Graph Tech stuff, I found a seller on eBay with a good selection of guitar nuts. I bought two just in case I happened to ruin the first attempt (cheap insurance).
Installing a nut was way easier than I thought. Graph Tech has a fantastic walk-thru for this sort of thing (with big pictures)! It’s one thing to read this manual of sorts, but it’s another thing to actually do it. So, here are the highlights of how I did it. I started by removing the strings and the truss rod cover – check out the cheap plastic nut and the graphite paste I was using to cut back on the binding. Continue reading “Les Paul Graph Tech Nut Install”