Robert Goodwin wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:21 am
Is it possible to just get a compensation type nut made to a set of specifications?
I do this sort of thing all the time:
You do have to be cognisant of Alan's comments, in that a compensated nut has to be made for a specific string set and set up. In the picture, the nut-to-first-fret distance is shortened by 3mm, then the compensation is added by cutting back into the nut from there. Of course, complementary saddle compensation is also required. Some string sets appear to be designed so that a common (equal) nut offset can be used on all strings. Either that or the strings designers just got lucky! One such set is (well, I should say was when I measured last) Savarez 500AR Corum Alliance. For a 580mm scale length guitar, a forward shift of the nut by 0.8mm on all strings and then adjusting the saddle compensation should get you pretty close, if the rest of the guitar set up is pretty normally. It shouldn't be too hard for you to give that whirl.
In the book I give a variety of options (six, I think) on how to do nut compensation, going from very mathematically involved to hardly any maths at all. I modeled the results of each method, so you can choose how much effort you want to put in for the benefit you get.
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