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do you put graphite in your nut while changing strings?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by FiveStringsNme, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. does this do anything convient or helpful....I keep hearing about this but dunno.
  2. RobbieK


    Jun 14, 2003
    I've never found it necessary on basses. It's used as a lubricant and is often associated with guitars equiped with tremolo bridges.

    ...Although a lot of cheaper guitars have relatively soft plastic nuts, and the strings (wound g's on accoustics in particular!) often stick, and don't tune smoothly.
  3. yea I know about that stuff.......I heard that it helps a lot with open handed bends on bass..and maybe just bends in general too
  4. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    With the teflon-impregnated graphite nuts that are common now, I don't think it's necessary. With brass, bone, plastic, whatever, then maybe.
  5. pkr2


    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    It's not absolutely mandatory but I do. It seems to make tuning smoother.

    When your bass seeme to jump from below pitch to above pitch when you're tuning, try lubing the notches and you will usually see an immediate difference.

    An ancient luthiers trick is to put a small tab of rice paper in the bridge notches to smooth tuning on double basses. Probably would work the same way in the nut slots on an EB.

  6. thanks a lot, I'm actually gonna do that right now!