Learning how to remove a guitar nut is one of the easiest things a beginning guitar player can do. The nut on a guitar is the slotted piece at the top of the guitar neck where the strings are seated. If the nut on your guitar isn't cut properly or has worn, it can have a negative impact on the sound of your instrument, which may include string buzz. To ensure your guitar always plays in top form, you should change your nut when it begins to affect the quality of your instrument's sound.
- Place your guitar on a solid surface and loosen the strings by turning the tuning keys. There's no need to remove the strings entirely. You can lift the strings from the old nut and move them off to the side After loosening the strings, use a small, flat screwdriver to gently pry the old nut from your guitar.
- Use standard wood glue or a small amount of rubber cement to secure the new nut on the guitar. Spread the glue over the back of the nut. Take care not to place too much glue on the nut to avoid the glue seeping around the edges when you secure it to the guitar. Put the new nut on your guitar and apply a small amount of pressure to press it firmly in place. Wipe away any excess glue with a cotton swab or soft cloth.
- Set the strings back into their appropriate slots on the nut, then tighten each string just enough to apply a little pressure to the nut. Alternate as you tighten the strings to avoid causing the nut to slip. Begin with the thinnest string on your guitar and tighten it, then move to the thickest string and do the same. Work toward the center of your guitar neck. Allow the nut to dry for about two hours before you bring you fully tune your guitar.