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Seeking advice on a timber nut

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by HannibalSpector, Mar 27, 2002.

  1. HannibalSpector


    Mar 27, 2002
    I'm thinking of using a timber nut on my next bass as oppossed to bone,plastic or brass.
    Just after something 'Unusual' and unique.
    Has anyone had experience with a wooden nut, can you describe characteristics of tone, timber species pros and cons etc.???
    Are there any complications with tuning?
    I'm considering using Lignum , Swamp oak, Brigalow or Jarrah(Australian timbers) as possible woods.
    Any suggestions
  2. dhuffguitars

    dhuffguitars Luthier/Bass Wanker depending on your opinion

    Sep 18, 2001
    I have used wood for a nut, but I would only use it for a fretless bass. It dampens the open notes too much. Great for producing that upright bass sound.
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Have you considered using a zero fret (assuming you build a fretted bass)?
  4. HannibalSpector


    Mar 27, 2002
    Thanks for replying to my post

    The bass I'm refering to is a fretless 5 string , the body has tone chambers routed out of solid blackbean.
    I'll experiment with the wooden nut. An upright sound would be interesting, hopefully it won't be too dull for the low B.
  5. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    The wood that I use for wood nuts is lignum vitae. The wood is so durably and naturally waxy that it makes a fantastic nut for fretless basses.
  6. HannibalSpector


    Mar 27, 2002
    lignum vitae is my first choice for timber for a nut,
    this is good to hear that somebody else uses it.