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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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  2. I know

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  1. gregulator450

    gregulator450 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    The voting section is the best ever. There should be more polling like that.

    I prefer TUSQ over other synthetic nut materials.
     
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  2. Peegoo

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    I've got a collection of pieces of Corian I picked up at a cabinet shop for no cost; I did bring two dozen donuts and a box of hot coffee as a show of gratitude. The Corian was in their drops pile (trash) and there was a LOT of it. Maybe 200-300 lbs or so. Some pieces were big enough for shop projects like lazy susans, pot trivets, pen blanks, etc. I grabbed a few small pieces and the owner was surprised I didn't want more. I have no place to store more.
     
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  4. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

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    Love the pole, I don't know the answer but I use tusq XL and I'm happy with them. I've always been tempted to make use of a zero fret (not a zero glide) but maybe one of the guitars I build will get one if I ever get around to making my own fretboards.
     
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    Tusq is my choice.
     
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    "0" fret
     
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  7. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    Best: Tusq
    Worst: Nylon

    Tone?: Doesnt matter.
     
  8. Preacher

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    Shhhh, don't tell anyone but if you go to a company that works in Corian, and tell them that you are interested in having some custom countertops made but you need a couple of samples to see what colors work at your house, they may GIVE YOU FREE ONES!!
    Bone, Off White, and Black with some little white chunks make really nice nuts and you can get about a dozen out of sample if you are careful on the bandsaw.

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  9. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    What's the cons of Nylon? Too soft? I decided I liked the Gibson nut material (Graphtech?), after I reshaped and polished the slots several times. I bend a lot on solidbodies, so it matters. On acoustics, I've been happy with about anything for the nut, I've not found another material I like better than bone for the saddle though.
     
  10. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    I just dislike nylon because it is gummy, hard to file without tiny "hangers" hanging off the slot etc. Seems to be prevalent on $99 guitars! Graphtech's pretty good I think. Tusq I like, bone is good but does have a tendency to chip when filing sometimes.
     
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    I like tusk.
    I love aluminium.
    I adore brass.
     
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    Latex?

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    human bone.
     
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    I have an old Seagull acoustic guitar with a plastic nut and bridge and it sounds fantastic. It’s old and yellowed and I thought it was bone at first bc it sounds so nice
     
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    I don't think Tusq is vegan.
     
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  19. GeneB

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    I upgrade my guitars with TUSQ XL nuts - the 'XL' version has teflon mixed into the tusq slurry before baking. I also have used fossilized mammoth on my D-35... while your friends and relatives will be impressed when you tell them, it sounds like cow bone and your wallet will be a lot lighter.
     
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