billchivers wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:59 am
Stringmusic, thanks, I know what you mean about the name! I will probably change to bone. I did read somewhere that Yamaha glues their nuts in, will this be a problem?
The intonation is pretty good, not perfect on the G string.
Did the store you bought the guitar from not include a free setup with the guitar? Most brick and morter stores will do that. Maybe you give them a call and find out. It may be an option to add in the price of a bone nut and saddle while getting the setup for free. Just a thought.
If that is not an option then i must say first that i am not a luthier per se. i do not build guitars and i do not do repairs for a living. I do not have experience with Yamaha glued nuts either. I have done repairs to a fair number of mine and friends guitars. In my experience with other makes there is usually only a little dab of glue near each side just to tack it in so it does not move around when changing strings. Sometimes the nut and saddle both will fall out when you change strings. The glue can be underneath the nut on cheap guitars. More expensive guitars the dab of glue will likely be on the sides near the edges. If you do not have a way to clamp the guitar down and no experience then a luthier will be your best bet. Your guitar is too new to mess up.
This will cause any decent luthier no worries at all and won’t take long to do once he gets started.
My preferred method of removal is to find a block of wood slightly smaller than the thickness of the nut from the side. Clamp the guitar to the table. Hold that block of wood up to the side of the nut and hit that block of wood with a mallet. Do not hit it hard. A well aimed single solid whack is best. Knocking it out sideways has been most effective for me.
Without a table clamp your only option would be to use a piece of cloth or rubber to cover the jaws of some vicegrips. Grip the nut and gently rock it back and forth to try and see if it will break loose. If it does not budge fairly easily then you should take it to a luthier before you do damage. There are other tips and tricks like using an exacto knife to score around it or heat directly to the nut but on a new guitar it would be best if a luthier does it. If he messes it up then he must repair or replace it at his cost.
Also, as i mentioned, unless you have experience setting up a guitar then you will save MUCH time by letting a luthier do all of this work. It is easy to take what you have described as pretty good intonation to pretty far out. I cannot stress enough the amount of time it takes to setup a guitar your first time.
Take your time to make this decision.