Fender Jazz Bass Standard NUT and Replacement Options (Broken Nut Questions)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassman1-909, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. Bassman1-909


    Jan 1, 2017
    Dear friends,

    I put together a jazz bass with various parts (vintage mod squire body, mexican standard replacement neck, cs60 pickups, vintage style bridge, road worn tort pickguard). I have a wide range of strings I like to use, including 3-4 kinds of flats, tapewounds, grounds, and GHS pressure wounds. I recently put on some DR sunbeams which I really like and which probably fit the bass best (I've avoided rounds my whole life but the sunbeams are making me rethink that).

    Unfortunately, I noticed that the left piece of the nut next to the E string has broken off. The string stays in place and at first I thought it wasn't making a difference, but I've noticed a vibration sound coming out of my amp when I play the E string. At first I thought it may have been an issue with the pickups or the amp, but the other strings don't have any problems. It is less when I solo with just one pickup, but otherwise the E string sounds almost like there are two notes being played slightly out of sync when I play the E.

    I was meaning to replace the nut anyway, but I guess I have a few questions:

    1.) What kind of nut comes on a standard MIM neck?
    2.) What is the preferred nut for a jazz? What are the good options?
    3.) Does my E string noise issue sound like it's related to the broken nut?

    Thanks in advance for any help and advice.
  2. BassholeKI


    Feb 10, 2017
    Maybe a Tusq unit?

    Never used them on any basses, but have in several of my guitars. They're nice that they come in different colors and are pre-shaped.

    And I don't believe you'll notice any difference in tone (since the nut only comes into play on an open string).


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Fender makes a bone replacement, pre-slotted or un-slotted. The Fender nuts have curved bottoms. I am sure someone makes a brass nut too, as well as the aforementioned Tusq.
  4. Bassman1-909


    Jan 1, 2017
    ended up going with the tusq, so far so good!
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