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What's the best synthetic nut material?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Chuckboy, Dec 3, 2020.

What is the best synthetic nut material?

  1. I don't know

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  1. Chuckboy

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    Not bone.
    No animals were harmed in the making of this nut.
    Synthetic nut material only - recommendations please.
     
  2. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have to say it depends on the instrument. Some guitars are made better by plastic nuts. There, I said it.
     
  3. Peegoo

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    #1: Tusq
    #2: Corian
    #3: Nylon (as used on Gibsons)
    #4: Melamine (as used by Fender)
    #5: Everything else

    ^^^ Based on my experience. You may disagree and that's fine with me. We all have our favorites.
     
  4. That Cal Webway

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    Depends.

    I like Tusq.

    But keep in mind a well-cut nut is very important. ++
    And the 'best sounding' nut only relates to the open strings of course.

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  5. Richie Cunningham

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    I donno, but the worst material is usually the one I have most recently put on one of my guitars.
     
  6. Richie Cunningham

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    Well, just don’t play any open strings, I guess.
     
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  7. 19sixty3

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    Short version: Tusq. Period.

    Long Version: Tusq is a very hard polymer that produces a sound that some say rivals bone, while others say it is harsh and brittle. If I would have to choose from any of the synthetic options, I go with the Tusq nut. To my ears, it sound just as good as bone.
     
  8. bgmacaw

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    Is brass synthetic?
     
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    I like Tusq a lot.
     
  10. myteleplaysjazz

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    What?
    No animals were harmed. They were already dead.
    No one killed a Woolly Mammoth to make the bone nut from.
    Given that, I like natural bone first, then Tusq and Corian.
     
  11. DavidP

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    Tusq!!!
     
  12. That Cal Webway

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    I'm expecting Lindsay Buckingham to chime in sometime and say,

    Tusk


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    Corian can be awfully good.

    Plus it comes in colors.

    and...there is a very good chance that you can snag enough free samples to keep you in nut blanks for a looooooooonggggg time
     
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    Graphtech.
     
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    My 1989 Martin 000-28 has a Corian nut. It sounds fine.

    My Rizzolo archtop has a graphtech nut It sounds fine

    My 1941 Gibson Kalamazoo Oriole has an ebony nut. I think it would sound better with bone.
     
  17. alnico357

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    My Taylor has Tusq. My Carvin has brass. My Harley Benton, unknown. I think it makes about as much difference as the current weather on Neptune.
     
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    Brass is a man-made alloy of copper and zinc. It qualifies as synthetic.
     
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    I've had guitar with tusq, corian, and bone. They all seem about the same to me.
     
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