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Lubricating nuts?

Postby Little Tina » Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:39 am

Hi,
I just recently read somewhere that it is essential to stick a pencil in a nut :lol: everytime you change strings. Also some penetrating oil between saddles and strings should be good.
Anyone using these methods? I have so far (since 1981 or so) just re-stringed my guitar(s) with -so far- no problems staying in tune (except with one that was with Bigsby). I remember from some thread Ric said he smears new strings with olive oil?
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby JakeyVimto » Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:47 am

Hey tina, Ive heard tell that a little graphite in around the string slots helps hold the guitar hold tuning better. I haven't done it personally and I havent had any problems. Its might make a difference, but I dont think you have to do it by any means.

Anyway, the main reason I am posting on this thread is just to warn off Maxx and Rico. This thead is too easy a target, so I expect best behaviour from all of you, hmm? Any rudeness and you may all get the sack! :wha:
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby maxx england » Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:49 am

What if we've already got sacks? :wha:
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Postby JakeyVimto » Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:17 pm

What a very gnomic question Mr England. You can be a most inscrotable member of this board at times....
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby dcblues » Fri Sep 12, 2008 1:55 pm

I remember from some thread Ric said he smears new strings with olive oil?


Only when he plays with his Johnson.
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby leftyguitarman » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:11 pm

Little Tina wrote:I remember from some thread Ric said he smears new strings with olive oil?


I don't know about strings, but the fretboards for sure. I did it on a couple of my guitars and it made them way more enjoyable to play. On my Fender, since I use the stupid wang bar, I always put graphite on the nut, and under the string tree. It helps some.

And I realised in the sentence above, I used the words "wang" and "nut." This thread is going nowhere, fast. :wha:
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby ricochet » Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:43 pm

J.V.'s the one who brought up the topic of the sack.

Yes, I smear olive oil on new strings, but it's not viscous enough to prevent binding in the nut slots. Anhydrous lanolin (wool fat) works very well for this, however.
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby rustyslide » Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:03 pm

I put Vaseline on my nuts whenever I change the strings. I find it's less messy than graphite.

Some people make a slurry of graphite and some sort of oil product (I forget which one). I suppose there was nothing dirty about that sentence, so I would add that those people probably love animals so much that it's illegal. :wha:
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby roadkill46 » Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:34 am

i use this stuff called guitar honey, seems to not gunk up much. when i do a complete cleaning i use cheap ass lemon oil, huge bottle for about 2 bucks and it last forever, and give a pleasing scent when you bend. really brightens up the fret board
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby bignick » Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:52 pm

I use Carmex and it seems to work well, anyone else use it?
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby roadkill46 » Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:59 pm

my nuts never get that chapped???!!! :wha:
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby ricochet » Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:14 am

I don't worry about chapping, but when they get sticky, they can cause difficulties.
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby JakeyVimto » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:00 am

Sticky nuts are tricky. Be careful not to bust one whilst cleaning.
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Re: Lubricating nuts?

Postby leftyguitarman » Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:59 pm

While we're at it, making jokes about nuts, this kid I knew in high school did a really hard bend on his G string and broke the string and the nut. We were in English class and he was telling me about it and said, in a jokingly manner, "I broke a g string today while fingering A minor." My teacher looked up from his desk, and just stared at him. The teacher looked much like this. :shock:
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