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Feb 23, 2024 - 6:23:37 PM
7 posts since 5/18/2020

Does anyone know where I can find a compensated bone nut for a 1992 Stelling Red Fox? Mine cracked. If I were to switch to a Zero glide, which size would I order (Zs-8 or Zs-22)? Any help is appreciated!

Feb 23, 2024 - 6:40:44 PM
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2901 posts since 9/18/2010

Stelling fingerboards are shortened between the nut and first fret so a standard (straight, uncompensated) nut or zero glide will play a little out of tune. If you can find someone to copy the measurements of the old nut and make a new compensated nut, intonation will be back to original. It is not too difficult for someone experienced in lutherie.

Feb 23, 2024 - 6:59:49 PM

15083 posts since 6/2/2008

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Originally posted by sunburst

Stelling fingerboards are shortened between the nut and first fret so a standard (straight, uncompensated) nut or zero glide will play a little out of tune. 


Does this mean the nut can be shimmed to push it back and create the standard distance to the first fret?

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:11:47 PM

2901 posts since 9/18/2010

I suppose it could...

The small cuts into the Stelling nut at the 1st and 4th strings restore those strings to standard length, so the depth of those cuts would indicate the thickness of shim needed.

Edited by - sunburst on 02/23/2024 19:14:26

Feb 24, 2024 - 6:44:02 AM

119 posts since 11/3/2015

I think it would be far easier (and better) to replicate it with another compensated nut. Any competent luthier could do it with a normal set of slot files. Putting a zero glide nut would produce intonation problems. I have a zero glide on my Gibson parts banjo and I love it. Not on my Stelling.

Feb 24, 2024 - 10:05:39 AM

GStump

USA

562 posts since 9/12/2006

Check with Sunburst (John Hamlett) here on the hangout. He used to work for Stelling and is a very good luthier. I believe he could replace your nut with a new correct one, OR suggest a good luthier who can do that. Your location might make it inconvenient for John to do this work, as he is located in KY. BUT where there's a will there's a way.

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