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Post subject: Original 66 Fender Mustang nut replacement.
Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:45 pm
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Looking for a Original 1966 Fender Mustang nut replacement. Was thinking about a Tusq XL but not sure what model. Or any nut that will fit really...

Thanks for the help!

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Post subject: Re: Original 66 Fender Mustang nut replacement.
Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:25 pm
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Post subject: Re: Original 66 Fender Mustang nut replacement.
Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:12 am
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First, sorry for the late answer. The forum has a spam fighting policy to delay a new member's first post until it's checked, so your message didn't show on my machine before today…

Now, I have absolutely no idea of how experienced you are with guitar teching, so sorry if something below offends you.

Reading between the lines, I'd understand you're looking for a drop-in replacement nut. There isn't one: even new nuts for a specific guitar model are only pre-slotted and pre-shaped, the final fitting is done for the individual guitar.

The most sensible way is to take the guitar to a good pro for the nut replacement, and a full checkup&setup while at it. Any surviving '66 Mustang deserves that…

If you (against my very strong USE A GOOD PRO! recommendation) absolutely insist on DIY, you need to check the dimensions from the present nut. There were different neck/nut widths with different string spacings - not to mention that the nut may not be the original one from 1966.

I'd start with a (real bone) blank and go from there.
Note that the original most likely had a curved bottom - I don't think 66-Mustangs had a guiding pin on the nut bottom, but that won't be revealed before the old nut is out.
There are quite a few pitfalls, starting with how to get the old nut out without cracks on the fretboard. And if it's your first nut job, get more than one nut to practice with.
BTW, with DIY'ing, just the cost of adequate nut slot files is close to the nut job by a pro.


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Post subject: Re: Original 66 Fender Mustang nut replacement.
Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:26 pm
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Great post jmattis.
Welcome to the Forum Brian.

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Post subject: Re: Original 66 Fender Mustang nut replacement.
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:24 am
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jmattis wrote:
The most sensible way is to take the guitar to a good pro for the nut replacement, and a full checkup&setup while at it. Any surviving '66 Mustang deserves that…

+1000!

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Post subject: Re: Original 66 Fender Mustang nut replacement.
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:02 am
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please don't try to do it yourself on a 66 Mustang! If you were qualified to do the work, you wouldn't be posting questions here about how to do it. Really no offense intended by saying that, we can't be great at everything.


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Post subject: Re: Original 66 Fender Mustang nut replacement.
Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:47 pm
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ghost_of_strings wrote:
please don't try to do it yourself on a 66 Mustang! If you were qualified to do the work, you wouldn't be posting questions here about how to do it. Really no offense intended by saying that, we can't be great at everything.

This.
While a Mustang is not the most collectable of the '66 Fender products, you're not talking about a mid-90s plywood Squier that'll never be worth more than $200.
A '66 Mustang in any playable condition is worth a fair amount, and a mistake leading to a chip on the fretboard or worse can cost a good percentage of the value.

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