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Plastic Nut vs. Bone Nut

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by CorryJobin, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Hello TBers,

    "Back in the Day" I was a much more aggressive bass player than I am now and I was breaking E and A strings on my StingRay5 right at the nut. I had the bone nut filed for burrs and then it happened a few more times. :mad:

    So... I switched to a plastic nut and its still on today (9 years). I do notice a tiny bit of buzzing, but its not all that noticeable.

    Is it sacrilegious to have a plastic nut on a StingRay? I am scared to go back to a bone nut for fear of breaking strings again, but I want the bass to play and sound as good as it can.

    Your thoughts would be appreciated...
  2. I'm not entirely sure a bone vs plastic nut makes much of a difference in sound - at least on bass. However, a lot of folks have been happy with nuts (and bridges as appropriate) made of Tusq. Some say it's better than bone. I have one guitar with a Tusq bridge and nut and I compared it with bone - no perceptible difference in sound.
  3. ranjam


    Sep 4, 2008
    On the one hand, unless you play all open strings all night, you won't 'hear' the nut. Any note you finger; your finger becomes the nut.
    Playing Devil's advocate, you can try graphite, tusq, teflon, or ebanol. Whatever floats your boat. All available from AllParts, and all about $12.50 each to try and decide what works for you.

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