new nut material

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tendie10, Oct 23, 2004.

  1. tendie10


    Feb 29, 2004
    I've recently completed my 5-string bass :hyper: I decided to use black soapstone for the nut. The sound is amazingly crisp and clean, almost question is this:what can I do to rienforce the slots to keep the strings from cutting in deeper as soapstone is fairly soft any advice would be helpful.
  2. andvari7


    Aug 28, 2004
    Unfortunately, the only way I can think of doing this is to use a cover of some sort, which will change the sound properties completely.
  3. Try a harder wearing stone...say basalt...or granite...

    perhaps the sound will be will be at least as bright (perhaps more) and the wear properties of these are MUCH better.
  4. or try a different approach - changing strings instead, ie: somthing that's nylon wraped like Labella Deep Talkin' strings.