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Harry08
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I have a 1996 Gibosn SG Standard. Its a great gutiar, but has quite bad tuning stability.
I've heard the 3 things that affect the tuning stabilty are the bridge, the tuners and the nut. The previous owner of this guitar has replaced the stock bridge with a schaller, and since i dont know any different, i cant say if that has improved it.
It has stock Gibson Deluxe tuners.
When i was looking at it, i saw the nut is very worn down and dirty. I'm wondering if I should replace this before spending more on some new tuners. I've taken some photos so you can decide whether there is nothing to worry about or if the nut should be replaced to improve tuning stabilty.

[img="http://s987.photobucket.com/albums/ae355/hgoc95/SG%20Nut/?action=view&current=DSCF1081.jpg"]

[img="http://s987.photobucket.com/albums/ae355/hgoc95/SG%20Nut/?action=view&current=DSCF1075.jpg"]

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Post Date: 4/5/2010 @ 3:56 pm
RE: Gibson SG Tuning Stability
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Those nut slots look bad. I'd take it to a shop and have someone who knows what they're doing cut you a nice new bone nut. That's probably all you need to do.

With the strings off, feel the bridge and saddles for play (wiggle). If you find much play I recommend a TonePros locking bridge. I have one on my SG and its great.

You probably shouldn't need to replace the tuners. If you do, I again recommend TonePros for drop in replacements. You can get regular or locking tuners.


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Post Date: 4/5/2010 @ 5:12 pm

RE: Gibson SG Tuning Stability
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thanks for the info

do you know how much getting a new bone nut cut would cost?

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Post Date: 4/5/2010 @ 6:11 pm

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Harry08 said:

thanks for the info

do you know how much getting a new bone nut cut would cost?


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I'd guess it should run about $30 - $50. Bone is generally recognized a being about the best material, though there are some good synthetics such as Tusq.


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Post Date: 4/5/2010 @ 7:11 pm

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Don't know what nut work in your area might be. depends on the level of the tech. not more than $50. But if it is a guy tech, it is worth every penny. a well cut nut and new strings will go along way.
When I change strings, "color in" the nut slots and saddle slots with a mechanical pencil.. it creates a graphite powder that acts like a lube. I once bought a thing of lock lubricant (which is just a small tube filled wiht graphite powder. silly me.
pencil lead...graphite.

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Post Date: 4/5/2010 @ 7:13 pm

RE: Gibson SG Tuning Stability
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i just checked my local guitar shop today and they said between 7 and 15. This seems very reasonable, but there's another shop in the area where the staff seem more caring, so I'll probably take it to them.

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Post Date: 4/6/2010 @ 11:09 am

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TheoDog said:

But if it is a guy tech, it is worth every penny.

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