Why Don't MIA Fenders Come With Bone Nuts?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HiEnd Basses, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses Guest

    Mar 4, 2016
    Seems like a reasonable expectation
    Doesn't it?
  2. Thuddy Waters

    Thuddy Waters

    Mar 20, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Isn't Micarta just as good, if not better?
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  3. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses Guest

    Mar 4, 2016
    Is that what Fender calls synthetic bone?
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    $, fairly certain.
  5. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Does it really make a difference?
  6. Thuddy Waters

    Thuddy Waters

    Mar 20, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah. But other people say the same about Viagra.
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  7. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
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  8. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I'm sure the synthetic stuff is easily mass-molded (reproduceable), less expensive, more consistent, and sonically 99% identical.
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  9. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    Why would you include an animal part on a bass that isn't necessary, is not going to increase sales at all, but might turn away some people who object?
  10. I've done nut and saddle From time to time, I have plenty of material. Some guys who buy expensive Acoustic Guitars want to change out these parts for bone, Ivory or Mastidon Ivory. I actually like the sound of corian better that any of that other stuff. The function of the nut and saddle is to not absorb vibration, rather transfer it to the instrument.
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  11. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    The american pro series (the one replacing the american st over te course of 2017) has a bone nut.

    There, fender finally listened to you.
  12. TripleDouble

    TripleDouble Guest

    Aug 5, 2008
    Very, very, very slight difference. For four notes, one or two of which most folks don't use that often.
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  13. inanimate_carb

    inanimate_carb Guest

    Aug 11, 2016
    It's money. Sure, a bone nut might cost 5 dollars more than other materials, but if you multiply that by 5,000 units......
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Bone is overrated. It's harder to work with, synthetic materials are just as good if not better, and there's just no need for it.

    BTW, anyone who asks for an ivory nut in a world where the elephant population has been reduced by a third really needs to re-examine his priorities.
  15. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I've had instruments with bone and all sorts of synthetic nuts. If the real bone is any better, I sure haven't been able to notice it.

    The synthetic nuts can be molded into almost-ready-to-install shape. That's a pretty big advantage if you're doing mass production.
  16. Agreed, my stock all came from a defunct piano factory as scrap and end pieces many years ago, I understand it's effect on demand and don't usually offer it. I will however use it on vintage instruments replacing like for like, I have friends who know I have a little and occasionally ask me to use it in a repair, I just can't bring myself to distroy it. The Mastadon is available and similar, it's also scrap from high end knifes I've made and I use some for inlay work.

    I did try out the ivory on my Martin 000-15S but didn't like it, pulled it and made the saddle out of corian, it works and it looks like ivory, it is superior in transferring the tone to the bridge plate.
  17. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    How many guitar nuts can you make from the average kitchen countertop? :D
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  18. "o) all of them, I get the scraps, like the sink cut out and end cuts I made a set of white pistol grips for my .45 colt it looks pretty good, and it's easier to work than a lot of other materials.
  19. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    i'd prefer adjustable brass ...
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  20. I never got on with the adjustable brass ones when I was playing Warwicks. Always preferred graphite nuts. Does that sound rude? :)
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