Nut Width Versus Tone?

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  1. Ross AriaPro

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    I've been playing for while now and have tried dozens of bass guitars in several stores around town.

    One observation that stands out is how (acoustically) BRIGHT thin narrow necks sound...relative to thick wide necks, which seem darker in tone. It doesn't seem to make much difference what the body is made of.

    True or false...in your experience???
  2. elBandito

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    big nuts=ballsy tone
  3. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    It's not something I've noticed
  4. Duckwater

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  6. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 I need to get out more or start reading more blogs on the subject.
  7. DeliriumTremens

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    I've read it all now... haha
  8. bassteban

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    I doubt nut width has anything to do w/it- are these basses otherwise identical? In other words- assuming there really is a difference in tone and/or volume- is it possible that its due to something else?
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  10. Lorddaftplayer

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    False. Nut width has nothing to do with tone IME. What testing have you done to reach this conclusion? You would have to have dozens of identical basses, with the only exception being nut width, to test your theory. Have you applied a scientific method to reach this conclusion?
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  12. Ross AriaPro

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    You would need 2 identical (aside from the neck) basses to test this theory scientifically. I dont see why 'dozens' would be needed.

    And even if such a test was made there would be little interest on this board or among bass players in general in the subject.

    Manufacturers know that attraction to an instrument is largely emotional...and so they dont include technical graphs on frequency response in their advertising.

    Its not a question most players even think about...and so any kind of valid answer will also be equally unpopular.
  13. WoodyG3

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    Well, wider nut means thicker neck. So, maybe there is some sort of difference in tone...

    but not to the human ear. ;)
  14. WoodyG3

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    Sample size in any scientific experiment has to be large for any results to be validated. Suppose they only tested two people to see the effects of a new drug. One with a placebo and one with the drug. Would you trust the results of such a test? ;)
  15. elgranluis

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    THIS!!!!!

    Now seriusly, other than the gonad reference, I cant see any logic to this question.
  16. rrybicki

    rrybicki Supporting Member

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    What nut width is best for metal?
  17. GretschWretch

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    Whatever the width Danelectro uses.

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