Nut for 7 string guitar

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anders Langberg, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. Anders Langberg

    Jul 30, 2019
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    Hi, i´m a new PRS SE SVN owner located in Norway. I Just got my fist 7 string guitar and i absolutely love it. But i got one problem.

    We got several guitar repair/shops, but the 7 string spare parts is not that good. Often they got everything for 6-string guitars, but not for 7-strings.

    I have searched the web and this forum. But I´m not that good with search engines and stuff. My results are good companies who sell, you guessed it, 6 string parts.

    I cant seem to find a nut that fits my weird needs.

    I wish to up the string gauge, and i dont want to change how the guitar sounds (except for the string gauge of course) From the factory the guitar came with gauges 9 to 54, and i need 10 to 60. Ive read about changing the nut, but i cant find one that fit. The neck is a 7 string wide thin.

    Im not to comfortable by doing sanding and filing, so i guess ill have to find a shop or someone in my area to do that.

    The desired string gauge is:

    E = 10
    B = 13
    G = 17
    D = 26
    A = 36
    E = 52
    A = 60

    The neck is 26,5 so i guess the tuning stability should be ok.

    But where do i find a nut that fits?
    If you know some online shop thats good for 7 strings could you please drop it in the comments?

    If this post is totally unnecessary and i can find answers in another post, please help me fint the post and the mods are free to delete this.

    Best regards
  2. colinkanders

    colinkanders Compulsive Noodler

    Mar 30, 2017
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    Can you widen the slots on the existing nut rather than replacing it?
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  3. Deli6505

    Deli6505 Rockin' the D!

    Sep 6, 2014
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    simple solution. just take a triangular rat tail file and slide it in the appropriate slots a couple times. That's what I did with my LP when I (briefly) went to heavier gauge strings when the band I was in was tuning to A# (pre-PRS SVN days). I realize that you're not comfortable with sanding and filing but as long as you don't reef on it hardcore, a couple of passes with the rat-tail file should do the trick just nicely.
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  4. Anders Langberg

    Jul 30, 2019
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    Thank you for your replies! I wont try to make it on my own. Nervous of screwing it up, so i think i´m gonna use a local tech!
    #4 Anders Langberg, Jul 31, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2019

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