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The Nut Question

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by mesaphlin, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. mesaphlin


    Apr 6, 2011
    Hello everyone,

    I would like to replace my bone nut with a new one but I don't know which brand to replace it with. I have seen TUSQ black nut somewhere on the net. Is that a good one? Anyone recommends that or something else? And also I have seen some luthier's websites that they use bronze or some kind of metal nut for their basses. Does it change anything radically on the sound?

    Any comments and ideas are very welcomed...!!!

    Thanks in advance.

  2. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    Is there something wrong with the bone nut you have? Tusq, bone, ivory, micarta, and even graphite are all pretty much the same in terms of tonality and durability so changing from one to another makes little to no perceivable difference. Brass changes things a touch but remember it only affects the open strings. There's no "best" material and it's far more important that the nut is cut and slotted properly regardless of the material used.
  3. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Hi mesaphlin,

    A bone nut is usually what people choose for the replacement when changing out the nut.

    If the current nut is doing it's job, I vote for leaving it be.

    All the best,

  4. mesaphlin


    Apr 6, 2011
    thanks everyone...!!!

  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    What's wrong with the existing bone nut? If overly-worn, cut improperly, etc, I'd say yes, replace it if a tweak is unlikely to solve the problem. If it just looks like hell but is 100% functional, a re-polish with some fine steel wool will make it look brand new.