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Aluminum nut

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by rdhbass, Mar 15, 2005.


  1. rdhbass

    rdhbass

    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    Any body ever used or experimented with a bass nut made of aluminum. I have a whole lot of it at the right thickness and I also have the tools to make one. I guess it would work like a brass nut and be similiar in tone, what do ya'll think.
     
  2. I make them all the time for my customs and almost prefer them to brass. I don't notice a tonal difference and they are much easier to shape and polish. I would stay away from the lower numbered alloy aluminums like the 3000 and 4000 series. They are a little soft. I use mainly 5000 and 6000 - 5052 and 6061 both with T6 hardness's. The harder the aluminum the longer wearing it is though that isn't too much of a problem.

    To support your use of aluminum to naysayers, as an anchor for a string, use the argument that Trevor Wilkinson prefers aluminum for his high end bass bridges because of the tonal response. Although I was doing before I knew he was, it was nice to know I wasn't an idiot for trying. :D
     
  3. rdhbass

    rdhbass

    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    Well i've got some low grade stuff probably but it couldn't be worse than the plastic that is already on there, i may use it anyway. I don't have access to aircraft grade aluminum at the moment, just the home depot lengths 1/8" in thickness, later.