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Going nuts…

After having used the Stagg for a while now, I noticed that the nut slots could be a bit deeper, mainly on the E and A strings. So digged up a business card as a distance gauge and some small files and decided to have a go at it.

The Stagg nut is made of plastic which is not the best nut material to be honest… But nevertheless working on it went fine but it turned out that business card thickness was just a bit too little on the E string. There is no buzz on the E string itself but when plucking the A string the E string “clacks” against the fingerboard. Which I find quite annoying… Or course this only occurs while playing pizz (I play mostly arco nowadays (started in an symphonic orchestra recently) but I have decided to have a go at making a new nut from ebony in the near future…

Ebony_for_nut-02So I have ordered a piece of ebony that was in my mail just yesterday. I showed it to my kids and they would not believe that wood would sink… So I proved to them that it actually does in a glass of water. Never thought a piece of wood could be educational!

In the near future I will try to make a new nut for the Stagg. I will document this process in this blogpost.

UPDATE
Contradictory to what I wrote earlier, I am NOT going to make a new nut in the future. The E string “clacking” has gone (or I have gotten used to it…) and the plastic nut works fine.

I am however going to make a new pickup for the Stagg as the stock ones do not work well when playing arco. But that is a whole different story….

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Thrussrod

As I wrote at the bottom of my posting on the finished honey Stagg I started to notice a buzz on the D string. I decided not to tinker with the bass until after my holiday. The bass would accompany me and would sure show all things that would need further work during those weeks. But the buzz or rattle, don’t know the best term to describe it, became worse and worse and started to occur on all strings. As I had eliminated most sources for this noise before I was pretty sure the thrussrod was the culprit…

The Stagg EUB is fitted with a thrussrod. But with the thickness of the EUB neck this is totally useless. Turning it (counter)clockwise as far as possible has no noticeable effect on the neck whatsoever. On both Staggs. So the only thing I did a while back was to give it a little bit of tension to prevent it from rattling in its slot. But obviously this was not enough…

I borrowed a allen key from the campsite owner and tried several adjustments to eliminate the rattle. It worked for about 80% but there was still some rattle left. As the rod cannot be taken, the only way of preventing it from rattling is filling the slot with something to prevent the rod to move at all.

NeckSiliconeWhen I got back from holiday I to took off the neck again (which also gave me the opportunity to take some more pictures for the post on the neck angle). Tapping on the bare neck showed that I  guessed right, I clearly heard the rod rattling in its slot… Adjusting the rod made little or no difference at all…

So I drilled three holes the rear of the neck until I reached the thrussrod. After that I pumped some silicone bathroom sealant in the holes hoping this would reach the thrussrod slot. Well, it seemed to  work as the rattle has gone now!