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    Default Pearl Nut - Low slots for G strings

    I have a kentucky 1050 and the G string slots are lower than the rest of the slots. It drives me crazy but isnt an issue. I want to get it fixed though. I am considering just having a bone nut installed as it seems that most pearl nuts end up going to bone anyways. Or have them fill the 2 slots and see how long that lasts.

    Are there ways to fill these slots and have it last? I know with bone the super glue/banking soda works but what about pearl?

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    Default Re: Pearl Nut - Low slots for G strings

    Are the G strings above the first fret enough to not buzz? If so you can lower the rest , maybe they are too high and the G is where it should be.
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    Default Re: Pearl Nut - Low slots for G strings

    I could lower the rest. That is an option.

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    Default Re: Pearl Nut - Low slots for G strings

    If the other strings are higher and the G does not buzz the mandolin will play much nicer with the other strings lowered to where they should/could be.
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    Default Re: Pearl Nut - Low slots for G strings

    Why not just have a new pearl nut cut for it?
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Why not just have a new pearl nut cut for it?
    Thats a clear option. I just see that people w pearl nuts move to bone, even on stuff like old Gibsons.

    - Fill slots
    - Cut other slots lower
    - Replace with bone nut
    - Replace with new pearl nut

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    Default Re: Pearl Nut - Low slots for G strings

    If the G string slots aren't too low, it's a pretty operation to lower the other slots (and there would be no reason to make a new nut). If you press the strings down at the third fret, you should see the tiniest gap between the strings and the first fret.

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    Default Re: Pearl Nut - Low slots for G strings

    I would follow Andrews good advice. He is spot on!

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    Default Re: Pearl Nut - Low slots for G strings

    Quote Originally Posted by cap217 View Post
    Thats a clear option. I just see that people w pearl nuts move to bone, even on stuff like old Gibsons.

    - Fill slots
    - Cut other slots lower
    - Replace with bone nut
    - Replace with new pearl nut
    Funny, I see just the opposite.
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    Default Re: Pearl Nut - Low slots for G strings

    I had a slightly diff issue with the original pearl nut on my Gilchrist. The E string slot(s) deepened over time, resulting in a buzz. I mitigated it for a period of time by dropping into the slot(s) a small length of E string first, then stringing up. I finally had Skip install a bone nut. Problem solved.

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