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Compared to the days when I was starting out playing guitar, entry level guitars are now so much better. My first 6-string electric was an Avon Les Paul copy, now regarded by some as collectors items if you believe the sellers, but not by me! This was the late 70s, the time when upgrading was invented. Brass hardware was all the rage and DiMarzio hit the scene with their “Super Distortion” humbuckers. Well I fitted a pair and a set of Schaller tuners and my Avon rocked!
Today’s entry-level guitars come with far better hardware, but there comes a time when either the original equipment is getting tired or you just want to squeeze that extra mile out of your guitar. It’s time to upgrade!
I can fit just about any new hardware to your guitar, from tuners to bridges and just about anything else.
Your guitar’s nut is an important factor in how well it plays. A well-cut nut made from suitable material will enhance your guitar’s tuning stability, intonation and playability.
The picture shows a bone nut fitted to a Vintage “Lemon Drop” guitar as part of a complete upgrade featured here.
I like the nut slots cut shallow, with a depth less than half the string diameter for wound strings and about the string diameter for plain strings. I use my nut calculator to accurately determine string spacing on my hand cut top nuts.
Tusq is my preferred nut material but I will make nuts from bone or brass on request.