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Would a maple nut make sense?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by roberthabraken, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. I cannot find a bone nut of the right dimensions and thought maybe it would be nicer to make a wooden nut. I have a hard rock maple neck with a rosewood fb. The headstock veneer will be figured maple. Would a hard rock maple nut make sense? Would it last? Why do they always use bone or some other material instead of wood?
  2. meandi


    Aug 5, 2007
    Benedetto, on at least one of his models, uses ebony for nut material although it is somewhat harder than maple.
  3. T2W


    Feb 24, 2007
    Montreal, Canada.
    I wouldnt be worried if you'd use it with a zero fret and putting CA in the grooves.
  4. I googled for this and found at least one builder that uses maple nuts. He says they are stronger than bone. But I'm not sure of that, that's why I asked.. I think ebony would be okay, but this wouldn't make sense on my bass, since nothing is made of ebony.

    What if the zero fret isn't there? (I don't have space for it.) Could I go with just CA in the grooves?
  5. meandi


    Aug 5, 2007
    What have you got to loose, other than a very small piece of maple & a bit-o-time?
    Only thing, I'd make sure the grain ran across the strings vs with them.
  6. jordan_frerichs


    Jan 20, 2008
    Yea, but your first choice was bone, and nothing on your bass is made of bone either. I saw your rosewood fingerboard, and ebony would blend nicely with that. I don't think it would look out of place at all.
  7. You've got a point there! And I will check for the grain. Let's just go for it :D.

    Yeah, good point too... but it's hard to get such a small piece around here, so I'll go and try the maple first.. if it's too soft, I can always switch to ebony.
  8. HogieWan


    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    all viol-type instruments use maple for the bridge, using it for a nut seems like a pretty good idea. Besides, a lot of manufacturers use soft plastic for nut material, maple seems like a huge upgrade to that stuff.
  9. Thanks! I'm really confident I could go for a maple nut right now :smug:!

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