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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 metallic.my 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 similar...it 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.