The process of the new bone nut being cut and shaped from a bone blank, first the blank is thickness to size to fit in the guitars nut slot.
The blank is then marked and cut down to size, constantly being trial fitted in the guitar to ensure that the size and shape is perfect for the guitar.
The original nut is used as a template for the string spacing, so the feel of the guitar is preserved. The nut is glued into place and the slots are cut to their final depth during the setup process.
This lovely vintage Tokai Les Paul Reborn was in to have a new bone nut handmade, a fret recrown with polish and and a full setup. Imported over from Japan, the new owner wanted it to it's playing best, the original nut had been previous cut so low, it was buzzing on the lower frets.
Next step was the fretwork, recrowning them to remove the flat spots from years of playing. These frets were in good shape for the ages of the guitar, the earlier the frets are recrowned to remove the wear, the better the result and the longer the frets last too!
With all the fretwork and the new nut made, the guitar was setup before the new owner could enjoy his new purchase
Hi, I'm Lewis, Ive been repairing guitars since 2004, I learnt my craft at Totnes School of Guitar Making!