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I found this tip in a woodworking magazine and pounced on it. Basically, it's a guide to help me mark a guitar nut for string slotting. It's not the only way to do it, it's not the right or wrong way to do it, it's just the way I do it. Hope it helps somebody out there figure out string spacing.

The nut I'm demonstrating on is cut to width and ready to go on a 4-string neck. I know I freehanded the marks for the top and bottom strings in the video - I was showing the technique, not demonstrating my accuracy (or the lack thereof.) Normally I'd use a machinist's scale to figure where I want my top and bottom strings and mark the top and bottom that way. The marking gauge is to help locate the center string slots - nothing more.

If you already know what string spacing you want to use, you can just find a spot on the board where the lines are that far apart and mark the nut there.

I know that it looks like the marks I put on the nut are way off, and they probably are. I was trying to balance a camera, talk, and actually mark a nut at the same time - never a wise thing for me to do more than two things at once...

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Comment by Rusty Pup (Mark) on January 26, 2013 at 11:56pm

I do similar on a 3 string, Randy, but I found this tip and tried it on my 4-string build, and it was a lot easier than measuring each string from one end of the nut or the other. Pop it onto the board, line up the two end marks, and boom - done. The only thing I measured was the distance from each end of the nut to the first and last string.

Comment by Randy S. Bretz on January 26, 2013 at 9:42pm

I always just eye it up and use the standard string spacing, 1/8 - 3/16 in from the ends, 3/8 between the strings.

Comment by Rusty Pup (Mark) on January 26, 2013 at 8:08pm

Thanks, Ted! Hope it helps you out in some way.

Comment by Ted Hartman on January 26, 2013 at 7:50pm

Rusty Pup, Thanks for sharring, this is good stuff to know, I am getting ready to start using bone nuts, this will help me a lot, Thank you!

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