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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. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Poster Extraordinaire

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    Gummy bear nuts is why I swapped in brass nuts on the two cheap necks I bought this year.
     
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  2. KirbyBarba

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    I really like Zero Glide - easy to fit, nothing to cut, easily adjusted height. I think they offer stainless steel now as an optional material.
     
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  3. Marn99

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    There are plenty of options for a synthetic nut.
    Melamine, as used by fender starting in the early 70s, 6/6 nylon, which Gibson used all the way back in the 1950s, including on bursts, bakelite/phenolic: Used by Rickenbacker, as well as by Brian May on his homemade guitar, red special, Corian, Tusq, all are great options.
     
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    Ping-pong balls
    Sorry!
     
  5. JuneauMike

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    My wife has one of those weird Martin OX guitars, made out of sawdust and fairy sprinkles, and at one time I thought about replacing the plastic nut with bone. I decided that plastic is probably the perfect nut for a guitar that already emphasises the upper mids. I could see where some Fender guitars would benefit from the same.
     
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  6. rand z

    rand z Friend of Leo's

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    I like bone on my standard Tele and my Martin D-18.

    Tusq on my Martin OM-21 and 000-15SM and the rest of my electrics.

    I believe bone has a more brittle/staccato sonic quality; and tusq a more even/full tone.

    imo.
     
  7. beninma

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    I don't know that I'd venture to say "best" but IME and this is mostly from acoustic:

    - Tusq is pretty darn bright/brittle
    - Micarta is super easy to file and work but seems to wear fast.

    My Taylor has a Micarta Nut + Saddle, the Nut has been fine, I was amazed how chewed up the saddle was after 3 years of play, and I don't even play it every day. It had groves in it that were somewhere in the 10-15 thousands of an inch and had lowered the action. Taylor doesn't recommend adjusting action at the saddle so the cool thing is I could just pop a brand new saddle in there.
     
  8. RyCo1983

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    Another in the TUSQ pile.
     
  9. ThermionicScott

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    Bakelite.
     
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