Black Fender Jazz Bass Nut
I purchased a GraphTech Black Tusq XL Fender J-Bass 4-string slotted nut (PT-1214-00), but the string slots were way too wide for the neck. The E and G strings would be at the edges of the fretboard. They do state that their nuts are made slightly wide and need to be sanded down on the edges, but the string spacing makes the nut unsuitable for Jazz basses.
I did find a black graphite slotted nut for Jazz basses on GuitarPartsResource.com (measures 1-1/2" x 1/8" x 7/32" tall, with a 1-1/8" string spacing, flat bottom). Not sure if it will be a good fit or if graphite is a desirable nut material.
I'm looking for a black, 4-string Fender Jazz bass nut with standard string spacing. The nut material doesn't matter too much as long as it is tonally transparent or a pleasant upgrade. Any recommendations?
Graphtech products are excellent. They are the only thing I will ever use for nuts (ok maybe Tusq XL). However I strongly disagree in getting a preslotted nut. I did it myself once and I really hated it for multiple reasons.
Get a blank nut and have somebody set it up to your preferences. It is not only the string spacing that is an important factor but also
the nut action(How tall your nut is) and the angle of the slots.
I found out through trial and error and after many years that I like rather high nut action, and that the angle has saved a lot strings from breaking.
Keep in mind that each instrument is unique, therefore a pre-shaped nut is probably not the best choice. There is a reason why there is still luthiers around that install nuts and shape them from scratch and why they charge that much.
Thanks for the info. I'll consider ordering a GraphTech Black Tusq XL Standard Blank (1000-00).
I always let a luthier handle this. Every bass has different needs when it comes to the slots in the nut. For a black one, I usually use a bone nut that has been dyed black (yes it can be done and looks great!) and it starts off as a blank until the luthier puts the slots in it. Then, the luthier dyes it and fine tunes the fit.
I just contacted GraphTech and they're willing to exchange parts with me. Very good customer service.
I'll be sure to have a luthier do the handy work. Dying a bone nut black would be an option too, but I don't know if I could find a luthier in my area willing to do that.
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