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Martin guitars have been manufactured since 1833. The company is known for its high-quality acoustic guitars. A guitar nut is the piece that sits across the fret board at the top of the guitar, near the tuning heads, and acts as a seat for the string

How to Install a Martin Guitar Nut

Martin guitars have been manufactured since 1833. The company is known for its high-quality acoustic guitars. A guitar nut is the piece that sits across the fret board at the top of the guitar, near the tuning heads, and acts as a seat for the strings. Installing a nut on a Martin guitar is the same as installing a nut on any guitar, with the exception of Martin guitar kits, where the nut may need significant shaping. Even in this case, installing a nut on a Martin guitar is a simple process that you should be able to accomplish in 30 minutes or less.

Skill level:Easy

Things you need

Small screwdriver or butter knifeSandpaperWood glueGuitar nut

Instructions

1 Remove the strings from your Martin guitar. Set the strings aside if you intend to reuse them, but consider replacing the strings with new ones while you have them off.

2 Remove the old nut from your guitar. Use a small flat screwdriver or even a butter knife to remove the old nut. Slide the tip of your screwdriver between the nut and the guitar and gently pry the nut away from the guitar. The nut is only glued to the guitar, so it should break away easily.

3 Sand your new nut to remove any rough edges. If the nut needs a lot removed, a small metal file may work better. Be especially concerned with the string slots on the nut. Any rough edges in the slots can affect the sound of your guitar by dampening the strings or causing vibration.

4 Apply a thin layer of glue in the nut seating on your guitar and a light layer on the back of the nut. Carefully seat the nut on the guitar and press it firmly in place. Wipe away any excess glue that seeps out around the edge. Let the nut dry for several hours to ensure it is secure before putting strings back on your guitar.

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