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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Clinks, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Clinks

    Clinks

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    ... what is/are the advantage/s? I had the nut on my Squier P-Bass switched from plastic to bone and didn't notice a difference. Am considering swapping the plastic on my Ibanez IF graphite can offer me a good enough reason.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I pretty much only use graphite. Not that there is a giant difference in tone, but the self lubricating aspect of them makes tuning easier.
  3. renyzen

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    massive difference in tone? not really sure about that and the nut only affects the open string's tone, but i do agree that graphite nuts are more slippery compared to plastic and bone and thus helps reduce string binding on the nut
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I said that their wasn't a giant difference in tone ;)

    I guess I could have worded that a little better.
  5. Lo-E

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    When the original plastic nut on my fretless Ray cracked, I replaced it with graphite. I didn't really notice a difference. Seems to work fine, though.
  6. AltGrendel

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    +1
  7. Clinks

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    Self-lubricating, huh? I like the sound of that. I'll have to do some more research on it.

    Thanks again, y'all.
  8. 202dy

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    Graphite is the go to when using a trem. Other than that, there is no advantage to using one.
  9. renyzen

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    haha lol guess i missed that word :bag: guess i shouldnt be posting at 3am in the morning
  10. Clinks

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    BTW, where can I find graphite nuts online for my two Ibanezes (one 4-string, one 5-string)?
  11. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Supporting Member

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    Warmoth or Stew-Mac.
  12. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    Truthfully? I'm more concerned as to whether the nut material (graphite vs. bone, for example) complements the bass's appearance. Functionally, I don't see much of a difference.

    Riis
  13. Clinks

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    I just read some technical data on graphite in general. Now I'm curious to see if I can get away with just using graphite lube on the grooves of the nuts (heh, heh: 'nuts').

    Anyone have any experience with this?
  14. Unrepresented

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    They're probably helpful when using a drop tuner too. Same concept, other side of the nut.
  15. Clinks

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    I just bought some of this stuff …
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    … but before I use on my nut/s, I think I'll test it out on my strap locks first.
  16. Clinks

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    Ok, today I went to Lowe's and bought a tube of graphite (lock lube) and applied it to the nuts and bridges of my Ibanezes. I noticed an instant change once I re-tuned me 505 (the higher strings tuned a bit quicker), but ironically, the initial response was just the opposite for my 370F (maybe a little too much?).

    Upon closer inspection, I saw that the nut on either bass seemed to be ground a little low (will post pics later, I want to see what happens with the graphite). I REALLY hate plastic nuts!!
  17. 96tbird

    96tbird Supporter Supporting Member

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    Pencil lead is made of graphite. I just rub it in the string grooves; no messy powder or blast of compressed propellant, just a nice controllable application. Pencil works good on sticky metal zippers too. Anywhere you want a little bit of graphite worked into a tight space, pencils are the bomb.

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