Jazz Bass Refret – Removing the nut

A good friend brought me the neck for his Jazz Bass to be refretted.  Before doing anything I mounted it on a surrogate body and strung it up to make sure the neck was adjusting properly and to check for any abnormalities.  Everything looked good.  It had a nice gradual curve under tension and adjusted easily.

The first thing to do was remove the nut.  The neck is bound so it will need to be pulled upward. I scored around the edges to separate it from the finish and pulled it up with a pair of end nippers.  It came out cleanly with little effort.