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Graphite Nut ...

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


  1. Clinks

    Clinks

    Apr 10, 2012
    Fort Drum, NY
    ... 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

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Disclosures:
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    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

    renyzen

    Jul 7, 2012
    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

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Disclosures:
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I said that their wasn't a giant difference in tone ;)

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

    Lo-E

    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    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.
     
  7. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    +1
     
  8. Clinks

    Clinks

    Apr 10, 2012
    Fort Drum, NY
    Self-lubricating, huh? I like the sound of that. I'll have to do some more research on it.

    Thanks again, y'all.
     
  9. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Graphite is the go to when using a trem. Other than that, there is no advantage to using one.
     
  10. renyzen

    renyzen

    Jul 7, 2012
    haha lol guess i missed that word :bag: guess i shouldnt be posting at 3am in the morning
     
  11. Clinks

    Clinks

    Apr 10, 2012
    Fort Drum, NY
    BTW, where can I find graphite nuts online for my two Ibanezes (one 4-string, one 5-string)?
     
  12. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Warmoth or Stew-Mac.
     
  13. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    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
     
  14. Clinks

    Clinks

    Apr 10, 2012
    Fort Drum, NY
    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?
     
  15. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    They're probably helpful when using a drop tuner too. Same concept, other side of the nut.
     
  16. Clinks

    Clinks

    Apr 10, 2012
    Fort Drum, NY
    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.
     
  17. Clinks

    Clinks

    Apr 10, 2012
    Fort Drum, NY
    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!!
     
  18. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Manitoba, Canada
    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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