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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Chuckboy, Dec 3, 2020.
Gummy bear nuts is why I swapped in brass nuts on the two cheap necks I bought this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another in the TUSQ pile.