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Polishing a rough nut?


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A fingernail file or emery board will do what you want. Might be wise to remove the e string but not essential, if you are careful. I used to leave those edges sharp, on perfectly functional nuts, because they don't bother me when I play. Then a violinist complained because he anchors his index finger there in first position, so I now do it differently.

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For the string grooves, I don't think there is a better tool for the job than the radius edge nut files the guitar makers use. It creates a perfect bed for the string to sit within, with the majority of the string - bottom surface area resting on the nut surface. A slightly larger radius file can be used to chamfer the edges of the groove to remove any sharp edges.

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