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Shaping and Installing the Nut


The Unpacked Kit
Ribbon Lining
End-Piece Set
Guitar Top
Top Bracing
Guitar Back
Back Bracing
Attaching the Back
Attaching the Top
Edge Bindings
Fitting the Neck
Truss Rod
Fitting the Nut
Grain Filling
Attaching the Neck
Attaching the Bridge
Saddle and Nut
It's Done!

Shaping the nut was interesting, mostly from the viewpoint that the Martin kit directions never mentions it! Basically, in a small part of one sentence, the instructions tell you to install the nut. However, the nut is simply an oversized block of either plastic or bone (I assume plastic, but am not sure). I fell back on the two guitar books that I mentioned on the first page, and used mostly sandpaper and a round mill file to shape the nut to the proper angles and curves. It is glued on with the same Duco cement that was used for gluing the bindings and rosettes.

Most of the guitar is assembled at this point. The next steps are sanding the guitar up to 180 grit paper and sealing the grain with a grain filler, finish sanding and lacquering.

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