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Thread: New Sterling by Music Man Axis AX3, Planned upgrades and question on nut UPGRADE

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    Question New Sterling by Music Man Axis AX3, Planned upgrades and question on nut UPGRADE

    Hello everyone,

    I just purchased a new white Sterling by Music Man Axis AX3 guitar, now I know that this is a value guitar and that certain parts will need to be upgraded, I'll be receiving the guitar tomorrow, and the upgrades that I have purchased should come in over the next couple of weeks.

    So far the upgrades I have purchased are
    Hipshot R4+L2 Grip-Lockô Open Guitar Tuning Machines.
    Hipshot 6 String US Contour Tremolo Bridge - 42100VB.
    DIMARZIO ILLUMINATOR F-Spaced Neck & Bridge Pickup SET.

    I'll be wiring the pickups with push/pull pots for splitting the pickups as well as putting in a toggle for a couple of different caps for tonal differences.

    The thing that I am stuck on is the nut, I have never done a nut and was looking for some guidance, I hear people talk about graphtech, so I was thinking of ordering one of those, but is there a better option? is there a model number that is essentially a straight replacement?

    Like I said I have no experience with replacing the nut so any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Also, any feedback/discussion on my chosen upgrades would be great.
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    Go for an earvana compensated nut. Transformed my already great strat into an epic
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    I get upgrading tuners, etc. But do you really need to change the nut on this guitar? I'd just leave it be unless you're having issues.

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    Have fun with it, congratulations!!

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    The nut is something I would take it to a pro to replace, to be honest. You're usually going to have to file, sand and make some adjustments with a new nut. It's not as simple as popping the old one off and popping the new one on. I tend to agree with Beej. I'd just leave it alone unless you're having issues.

    Nice upgrades on the other pieces, though. I'm a big fan of the Hipshot locking tuners. I have them on several of my non-EBMM guitars.
    My stuff:
    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis SS Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2016 Axis SS Semi-Hollow Trans Teal one-off (6/8/16)
    2018 Axis BFR Steel Blue No. 45 (9/18/18)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
    2017 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Koa
    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black

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