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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by yakbass, Jul 24, 2005.
Bone Nut respect Plastic or metal
which is the difference ?
which to get Low frequency and Warm ?
Once you put a finger on a fret it doesn't matter. If I had a choice, I'd go with a 0 fret (like the MTD's).. which results in the open string to sound virtually identical to a fretted note. However... the nut material is pretty unimportant.
Like KJung said, its pretty unimportant as soon as you play any fret, but the harder the material the nut is made of, the more vibration will get into the wood when playing an open string, so a bone nut is best (or any other very dense material)
Theres a reason most expensive instruments use harder materials, as with the bridge, the harder/denser material, the better.
Actually.....the harder and more dense the material is, the LESS vibration gets transferred to the neck, and the better sustain you get. The string energy gets reflected back into the strings motion. If you use a softer material, your open notes will lack clarity and authority, yet be "warmer"
If you use a beef-bone nut/saddle combination on a fretless bass...you'll get more mooooooooooooooo-wah!
I crack myself up...
Actually, what everyone else has said...
basically, nut consideration is important for the following purposes:
1...open notes only (material selection)
2...tuning (no hangups, the width of the slot cuts)
3...lower frets (1,2,3...) action (the depth of the slot cuts)
after having the plastic nut on one of my basses chip this weekend and the A string kept popping out, I'm gonna go with Corian, bone, or a metal for nuts. Thank god for backup basses.