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Classical Series / Nut too tight on string?
« on: February 18, 2010, 09:54:45 AM »
my guitar is nothing special -- c40s. I'll try the graphite: thanks! On winding, the D is wound inward, so it's almost straight from nut to post. Oddly, low E is wound inward and has a steep angle, which I'll fix, but that string is never a problem. Maybe that thick string is more robust. I'll remember that winding detail in the future.

So it seems that a nut defect -- tightness, burr, etc. -- is not a likely problem. I'll try the fixes suggested and report. Thanks, guys!

Classical Series / Nut too tight on string?
« on: February 11, 2010, 10:51:02 AM »
Thanks for replying. Yes, standard tuning. I use a cheap electronic tuner and just do what it tells me, though sometimes I do tune with harmonics, after I've established the low E. I just strum along now and then; no tricky stuff for me.

Classical Series / Nut too tight on string?
« on: February 06, 2010, 01:19:09 PM »
I go through a lot of D strings. Sometimes they break when the guitar is just sitting there. The breaks are always at the nut. I suspect the nut is rough or tight on this string, and so it doesn't slide easily through. I tried lightly sanding with some 400 sandpaper, but no change. If you had this problem, what would you do?

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