Last night, i had a gig, and everything was going fine. The sound tech, also a bad attempt at a bass player, asked if he could jam on my bass, and i said ok. He played his usual show-off stuff(smells like teen spirit with the timing different each note, a mistake every other) and i noticed he plucked the strings really hard. i mean, REALLY hard! I told him, use a lighter touch, it's an old bass. He said ok and went back to his playing. I come back later, and there he is, bent over on the floor, a little white thing between his fingers, and an "uh-oh" look on his face. It turns out, he was plucking so hard, a chunk of the nut snapped off at the E string. So he went home and got his bass, which i used. It was a short scale, with roundwounds (i use flats), and a body shape that made it extremely uncomfortable. I could barely play on that thing! (quiet mumbles of frustration) but, my bass is ok now, superglue did it, and a new nut's in the mail. just needed to whine for a bit.