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Best nut material?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by SoComSurfing, May 12, 2002.

  1. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    I was just wondering what our experts thought made the best nut for either fretless or fretted. In acoustic instruments, Bone is generally regarded as best, but basses offer so many other materials, such as Brass, Wood, etc.

    Any thoughts?

  2. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    I recently bought some Micarta from Stew-Mac, and have made nuts for a classical guitar, a four-string bass, a mandolin and an oud. I also made a classical guitar saddle. It sounds good, and is very easy to file. It looks like bone.
  3. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    There are basically three things you need a nut to be:

    1) durable
    2) workable
    3) you want the open string to sound as close to closed notes as possible

    All materials have their tradeoffs, but for fretless, I like lignum vitae (as you know ;) and for fretted I like bone because it is easier to work than brass.

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