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Where To Get a Nut For 1965 Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by OldFenderPlayer, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. OldFenderPlayer

    OldFenderPlayer

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    Way back around 1980, the G-string slot on the nut of my 1965 Jazz Bass cracked and the string kept popping out. I took the repairman's advice and had a brass nut installed.

    Now I want to go back to an original-type nut, but I don't know if the factory nut was bone, plastic, etc.

    Does anyone know what type of material the original nut was made from?

    Where can a get a replacement nut that best matches the original? I'll have a local shop cut and install it, but I want to purchase it myself.

    The picture is of the bass as it is today - original except for the nut, the pots (which died one-by-one) and the bridge pickup was rewound by Lindy Fralin.

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  2. dmusic148

    dmusic148

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    Take it to trusted repairman, he will make a new one, probably from bone.
  3. Lownote38

    Lownote38

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    Bone is the best replacement on a Fender, and also best when made from a blank so it is specific to your bass. The original was probably what Fender calls "synthetic bone" which is pretty much just plastic.
  4. Zootsuitbass

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    Sweet ride! Yes, aside from "relic-ing" Bone is as period appropriate as you'll get.
  5. bass_case

    bass_case Used Register Supporting Member

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    I have a 65 neck as well and also had a brass nut added, in the 70s. Much to my surprise, I found the old one a few days ago in an old pickup box. Don't want to sell but can post a pic if it would help.
  6. bass_case

    bass_case Used Register Supporting Member

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    Oops, mine is a p-bass c neck, sorry
  7. OldFenderPlayer

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    Thanks Bass_Case. A photo would be good to see. Unfortunately, I didn't ask the repair shop to save the old nut for me. But at that time, the bass was only 15 years old and you still saw a lot of older Fender basses that people's primary instrument.
  8. lundborg

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    I'd get a bone nut blank (from e.g. eBay) and use the brass nut for template.

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