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Will a plastic nut rob tone?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by paulskirocks, May 5, 2010.

  1. paulskirocks

    paulskirocks Tele-Holic

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    I have a Yamaha neck that I am using for a build, and it has a plastic nut (Les Paul style at the end of the fretboard, not notched)...

    So, I am wondering if replacing the nut with bone or graphite will really matter, or if it works, don't fix it... If it makes a difference, this guitar will have a tremolo...

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  2. BritishBluesBoy

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    I guess it depends on what kind of plastic it is.
     
  3. TNO

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    Yamaha used pretty cheap plastic in the early days but if it dates to newer than the early 80s I wouldn't bother replacing the nut.
     
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    old Gibson ( 50 LP) has plastic nuts and they are sounding good
     
  5. Al Watsky

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    Composite materials sound "different" than bone.
    If its cut right its OK.
    If you don't have specific reason to change the nut don't.
    Bone will sound brighter and is preferred on acoustics.
    Electric players that play in the open and first position a lot will also appreciate the subtle difference.
     
  6. iansmitchell

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    Nylon, actually.
    Saddles, too.
     
  7. Mojotron

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    As long as it's set up correctly, it's only going to make a difference for the open notes (non-fretted). So, it kind of depends on your playing style. Also, your gear is going to make a difference too - lots of effects/overdrive/compression or a multi-effect box will make the nut material immaterial.
     
  8. Guitarnut

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    From projects with one of our biggest clients, I've learned that Nylon, or Fiber66 as DuPont code named it in the beginning, is a synthetic polymer and is classified as a plastic...so you're both correct. :D

    Peace,
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  9. Colt W. Knight

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    IVe played plenty of synthetic nutted guitars that sound fine.

    For the record, I like bone, but I don't think its an end all - beat all nut material.
     
  10. Guitarnut

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    Anything you do to an instrument makes a difference. The key is, will you be able to hear it. Use the old nut as a guide for making a couple others out of bone, brass, Tusq, whatever, or buy some ready-made. See if you like one better than the other...worst case, you can put the original back on and have a stockpile for future projects.

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  11. Nick JD

    Nick JD Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I have a 12 string with a plexiglass nut and saddle - sounds awesome.
     
  12. Zatar

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    Why not just try? If it works then that's a good thing, if it doesn't you at least got the experience :)
    In my opinion it looks better when it's bone instead of plastic but that's a matter of taste i guess
     
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