What material works and sounds best for a nut on a Strat

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What material works and sounds best for a nut on a Strat

Postby Mojohand_13 » Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:16 pm

What material works and sounds best for a nut on a Strat???

I'm building a Partsocaster and I need to orer a nut, BUT this is the first time I'm thinking about using ANYTHING other then Tusq.

Also where is a good place to get QUALITY parts for a good deal?? ie... Nuts, Radius Blocks, Tuners?? ODDS AND ENDS........
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Postby grady » Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:27 pm

The correct answer will always be "Bone"

Regardless of Guitar,,Acoustic or Electric.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:43 pm

I second that.
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Postby Mojohand_13 » Sat Sep 23, 2006 4:32 am

BUT what kind of bone??

I know Fender puts out a "bone" nut and it DEFINETLY ISN'T REAL BONE...

So who makes a REAL bone but?? and where can I get it??
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Postby vincentspades » Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:40 am

I got the bone nut on my guitar from a piece of bone that my ex gf found in an abandoned warehouse... (not really, it's gonna be hard to find a real bone nut) If i could've gotten that piece of spine off her though, i think it would've made a good addition to my guitar... =P
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Postby ricochet » Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:23 pm

If Fender's selling a bone nut that isn't bone, report 'em to the FTC. Bone's bone. There's no substitute material known as "bone."

If you've got the saws and files, you can make your own out of a ham or roast beef bone from Sunday dinner. (Thanksgiving's coming up!) Or you can buy blanks or preshaped, even preslotted ones for common models, from all the usual guitar parts vendors.

I need to put one on my Agile. I'm sick of my strings sticking in the soft black plastic "graphite nut" when I tune it.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sat Sep 23, 2006 5:08 pm

The pre-shaped bone nuts from stewmac.com are quite nice.
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Postby rustyslide » Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:15 am

I'm pretty sure Fender doesn't claim the nut is bone; at least I couldn't find any mention of the material on Fender's site.

The nut on my CIJ Fender '54RI is a little too translucent for bone, I think, and is instead plastic - a nice hard and smooth plastic. I have no trouble with the strings binding, even though it's got .011s on it and it came with .009s, though perhaps this is because I lube my nuts with vaseline.
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Postby leftyguitarman » Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:55 am

ricochet wrote: I need to put one on my Agile. I'm sick of my strings sticking in the soft black plastic "graphite nut" when I tune it.


Same here. The nut on my agile is pretty crappy as well.
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