June 29, 2010

Hand Cut Bone Nut › nut › Nut Replacement › Richards Guitar Workshop › workshop ›

Richard has been playing guitar since the age of 8, educated at the Guitar Institute in London and specializing in online consultation and World Wide deliveries for 21 years - Each and every one hand finished bespoke to the customers requirement.

Richards reputation for first class playing instruments and dedicated service goes before him - with customers in most Countries around the World.  In the past 3 years alone Richard has accrued over 1000 testimonials from customers all around the World.  Every single customer dealt with personally by Richard.
Richard only sells guitars he truly believes in - each brand being an Industry benchmark in their price or genre - a view built on 21 years research.
Richard is available most hours for consultation which is provided in a personal but comprehensive and professional manner via the live chat facility.

Specialist guitar advice for 21 years

I (Richard) have been providing specialist advice for 21 years. My previous business Regent Guitars ran from 1995 to 2008, starting with just 6 guitars and closed selling 8-10 guitars a day with a turnover well in excess of £1,500,000.

So why did it close?

In 2008 I closed Regent Guitars and opened Richards Guitars with a desire to get back to ONLY selling guitars I love, that I have a true passion for – which should also mean a volume that I could handle personally from beginning to end – like my previous business USED to be!  To this day the only person I have to rely on is my wife Teresa who liases with all my customers during the order process and I am more worried about letting her down than vice versa - behind every good man as they say!

Regent Guitars had left me disillusioned and “too close” to the reality of how most guitars are sold. I didn’t want to be part of the marketing “machines”. It just wasn’t me and I believe anyone who is truly passionate about guitars and in my industry will know exactly what I mean.   It seems 90% of my industry is hype - so I try and focus on the 10% I truly believe in.

My reputation now spans Locally, Nationally and Internationally with customers from Stratford Upon Avon  to Singapore.

I specialize in a select range of guitar brands—Brands which I believe represent something unique in the market be it value, quality, tonal range or shear beauty.

You may not realise you can buy all solid wood hand made acoustic guitars from as little has £500, even a superb quality electric guitar hand made in the UK from £600!  If you chat to me I will tell you how to avoid the mass produced, over hyped brands and focus your attention to stunning beauty!

Guitars sold on personal passion, not marketing hype

Heard of Eastman, Furch,  Faith, Gordon Smith or Godin?  If you haven’t then you need to have a chat with me before you spend your hard earnt cash on your next guitar.

I am aware that many people do not buy for “quality only” but for image and prestige. If you want a Fender, Ibanez, Shecter, Gibson, Jackson etc. then you are talking to the wrong man entirely (although I do specialize in used examples which will play better than new and won’t lose value on resale) – you can find these products hung on a hundred guitar shop walls around the UK but for me personally they just don't excite me and conversely represent well marketed, over hyped mediocrity.

Just remember when you are talking to the next salesman that he probably cares not for you, but for his employer. His job is to sell you what is hung on the wall – not to ensure you get the very best guitar available in the market.

Want to know about guitars with heart and soul? I am your man. From a quality starter guitar through to World Class hand made guitars.   With honesty and integrity central to my philosophy in life and business I assure you that you are in safe hands and I will guide you based on your needs and requirements. If I can’t help I will tell you and point you to “a man that can”.

Try guitars in a welcoming environment..

I try and make your stay at Richards as enjoyable as possible, which may include boring you to death about the guitars available, their history/pedigree etc. or it may just be you want to spend some time on your own trying out the guitars available. Either way you should find the shop welcoming and totally un-intimidating.

Read: Richards History - From Birth To Now!

Gibson Les Paul Standard Nut Replacement

A gorgeous black brand new Les Paul Standard was bought in to be set up. The owner was very aware that there was a serious problem with the instrument; the strings refused to stay in the nut slots under even gentle string bending & the G wouldn’t remain in position at all. When examined it was apparent that the nut was already too low to allow it to accept deeper slots & that it would have to be replaced.

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After setting the neck relief & the twelfth fret action, the first step is to remove the original nut. The lacquer overlapping the nut material is carefully separated at the joining edges and then the nut can be gently tapped free.

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The slot is then carefully cleared of residual glue & lacquer to provide a fresh setting for the new nut.

A bone nut blank is selected that is as close to the required sizes as possible. The faces of the blank that bear against the bottom of the slot & the end of the fingerboard must be made perfectly flat. The thickness is then adjusted to enable the nut to fit snugly into its slot without requiring force to seat it.

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The nut blank is then cut & filed to match the fingerboard width.

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The top surface is roughly shaped to give a curve matching the fingerboard camber. This is not the final form of the top; it just makes it easier to file the slots. The slot positions are very carefully marked & an initial groove for each string is filed into the bone. These are cut at a similar angle to the headstock, just deep enough to securely locate each string. The guitar can now be strung up & tuned. The first fret action at this point remains very high. This allows fine tuning of the string spacing if necessary. It’s also important to note that you can always take some off, but you can’t put it back!

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Each slot is then individually deepened until the required action is achieved.

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The final shaping of the nut can then be completed. My preference is to angle the top slightly & blend in a radius on the leading edge. The end corners are also curved to soften the sharp edges. The nut is finally sanded & smoothed, taking care not to alter the areas that control the fit in the neck slot.

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String pressure is enough to keep a well fitted nut in place but they are usually insured against slippage by a couple of spots of glue.

Finally reassembled & fitted with new strings, the guitar now plays as beautifully as it sounds.

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[caption id="attachment_353" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Finally the NEW Gibson Les Paul has a nut to be proud of - one it should have had when purchased! Good ol' Gibson eh?"]Finally the NEW Gibson Les Paul has a nut to be proud of - one it should have had when purchased! Good ol' Gibson eh?[/caption]

A bone nut cut by hand with precision can enhance your tone &  improve sustain, not to mention improve your tuning stability!

We can provide a nut removal and replacement for £45

Call Richard on 01789 26 33 33 to book your guitar in to our workshop.