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    SE's - Best Replacement Nut?

    I've noticed on ebay and some other places that there are a decent amount of replacement nuts floating around, any suggestions for a replacement? I'd like to get something for my SE CU24 that will give me a little more tuning stability when I use the trem. Also, if I got a precut/slotted one, is it something I could replace myself or should I take it to a shop? I do my own wiring, pickups, setups, etc, but the fretboard and nut are one area I steer clear of because I lack the tools and skills to fix any problems I would probably create...
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

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    Tusq one worked wonders for me.

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    yes buy a tusq pre slotted...easy to install..take some sand paper and sand down to the correct height..

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    A proper setup by an expert does wonders.

    In my experience, the best long term result is a well cut and lubricated bone nut.

    I prefer the sound of bone over soft plastic or graphite, etc, but when I swapped my SE nut for bone, I didn't notice a tone difference.

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    I have a Tusq XL on my SE. It really does make a world of difference to tuning stability. My tech ordered a pre-cut one from his supplier and charged a nominal fee to fit as he already had the guitar to perform a full setup for me.

    I'm sure the US PRS nuts are great too. I don't know how much they would cost but the Tusq cost around 6, which is dirt cheap IMO.

    I'm thinking of getting one fitted to my strat the next time it goes in for some work.

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    Has anyone tried an earvana nut? I have them on all my other guitars and absolutely love them. I'm going to have my tech put one on my Se singlecut Soapbar as soon as I finish a theatre run next week. I'm having the stability problem with tuning. I put silicone grease on the nut slots to get me through the gig. This instrument has all the right tones for caribbean music, which is what I'm playing. I also tightened down the tuners, which were loose. i learned a long time ago that this is a very common problem on all guitars. I'm guessing that the Gibson style Earvana will be the right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogrocketp View Post
    Has anyone tried an earvana nut? I have them on all my other guitars and absolutely love them. I'm going to have my tech put one on my Se singlecut Soapbar as soon as I finish a theatre run next week. I'm having the stability problem with tuning. I put silicone grease on the nut slots to get me through the gig. This instrument has all the right tones for caribbean music, which is what I'm playing. I also tightened down the tuners, which were loose. i learned a long time ago that this is a very common problem on all guitars. I'm guessing that the Gibson style Earvana will be the right one.
    The PRS nuts are already compensated. I think the nut is moved slightly further forward towards the bridge than on many other manufacturers guitars.

    What I don't now is if this is done on the SE's. If it is then an Earvana nut may not be the best idea. May be best to contact PRS customer services or perhaps someone who understands this better will drop by.

    There are Graphtec Tusq nuts and PRS nuts that are drop in replacements and may be more suitable in this case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogrocketp View Post
    Has anyone tried an earvana nut? I have them on all my other guitars and absolutely love them. I'm going to have my tech put one on my Se singlecut Soapbar as soon as I finish a theatre run next week. I'm having the stability problem with tuning. I put silicone grease on the nut slots to get me through the gig. This instrument has all the right tones for caribbean music, which is what I'm playing. I also tightened down the tuners, which were loose. i learned a long time ago that this is a very common problem on all guitars. I'm guessing that the Gibson style Earvana will be the right one.
    While I cannot answer the Earvana question I can tell you that putting a USA PRS Nut on my SE along with Schaller Locking tuners and .010-.046 strings helped quite a bit on tuning stability.

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    I ended up going with the Tusq nut after talking to my guitar tech, who used to work for PRS before he struck out on his own. Mike was right, the nuts are pushed further forward to compensate for some of the intonation problems. The next step will be locking tuners. That should complete the hardware changes. Then there will be the tone and volume pots.....

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    Grover 406c mini rotomatic tuners are a direct fit. They do a great job

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    Just wanted to say thanks and keep u guys posted as requested. Thanks osirisprotocal and bubbalou and everyone else that helped me out by posting all this great info. My se custom 22 now plays like new with only minor buzz (mostly on the low e but nothing that affects the tone or resonance). I leveled the frets a bit and put on a US wide-thin/fat nut with a little shim and now it plays way better than befor. Thanks again guys, I really wanted to get a few more years outa this guitar because I absolutely love it. Now I can thanks to u!

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