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Nut Width Versus Tone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ross AriaPro, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Ross AriaPro

    Ross AriaPro

    Dec 27, 2013
    I've been playing for while now and have tried dozens of bass guitars in several stores around town.

    One observation that stands out is how (acoustically) BRIGHT thin narrow necks sound...relative to thick wide necks, which seem darker in tone. It doesn't seem to make much difference what the body is made of.

    True or false...in your experience???
  2. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    big nuts=ballsy tone
  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    It's not something I've noticed
  4. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
  5. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 I need to get out more or start reading more blogs on the subject.
  6. I've read it all now... haha
  7. I doubt nut width has anything to do w/it- are these basses otherwise identical? In other words- assuming there really is a difference in tone and/or volume- is it possible that its due to something else?
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
  9. False. Nut width has nothing to do with tone IME. What testing have you done to reach this conclusion? You would have to have dozens of identical basses, with the only exception being nut width, to test your theory. Have you applied a scientific method to reach this conclusion?
  10. 1bassplayin

    1bassplayin -Nowhere Man- Supporting Member

  11. Ross AriaPro

    Ross AriaPro

    Dec 27, 2013
    You would need 2 identical (aside from the neck) basses to test this theory scientifically. I dont see why 'dozens' would be needed.

    And even if such a test was made there would be little interest on this board or among bass players in general in the subject.

    Manufacturers know that attraction to an instrument is largely emotional...and so they dont include technical graphs on frequency response in their advertising.

    Its not a question most players even think about...and so any kind of valid answer will also be equally unpopular.
  12. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Well, wider nut means thicker neck. So, maybe there is some sort of difference in tone...

    but not to the human ear. ;)
  13. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Sample size in any scientific experiment has to be large for any results to be validated. Suppose they only tested two people to see the effects of a new drug. One with a placebo and one with the drug. Would you trust the results of such a test? ;)
  14. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    El paso, TX

    Now seriusly, other than the gonad reference, I cant see any logic to this question.
  15. rrybicki

    rrybicki Innocent Bystander

    What nut width is best for metal?
  16. Whatever the width Danelectro uses.