jmm33

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I recently traded for a Sterling AX40, which I love, with one glaring exception. The locking nut is so bulky I'm constantly chaffing my index finger on it on first position chords and playing notes on the first fret. It's so bothersome I can't see myself not doing something about it, either buying another low profile style, if one even exists, or filing this nut so there's some relief. I have a hard time to imagine I'm the only one suffering from this. Opinions?
 

jmmp

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I love the sound of a Floyd rose guitar, and can put up with the different restringing method and tuning, but I’m with you. The left side of my index finger contacts the nut and messes with my playing. I’ve considered a custom build with locking tuners and a more standard nut (maybe even foregoing the fine tuners on the Floyd), but have been exploring other guitars lately. Fender has the LSR roller nut, but I think it might cause the same problem as the Floyd nut.
 

jmm33

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So I ended up taking the Dremel to the nut, and I'm not sorry. Much more comfortable now that I've chamfered the edges. Curious point of trivia, the Sterling's locking nut is not made of cheap pot metal like I might have expected. The thing is virtually file hard, which is very hard indeed. Mini grinding wheel was the only way material was coming off.
 
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