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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HiEnd Basses, Sep 1, 2016.
Seems like a reasonable expectation
Isn't Micarta just as good, if not better?
Is that what Fender calls synthetic bone?
$, fairly certain.
Does it really make a difference?
Yeah. But other people say the same about Viagra.
I'm sure the synthetic stuff is easily mass-molded (reproduceable), less expensive, more consistent, and sonically 99% identical.
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?
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.
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.
Very, very, very slight difference. For four notes, one or two of which most folks don't use that often.
It's money. Sure, a bone nut might cost 5 dollars more than other materials, but if you multiply that by 5,000 units......
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.
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.
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.
How many guitar nuts can you make from the average kitchen countertop?
"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.
i'd prefer adjustable brass ...
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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