Nut Replacement

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Nut Replacement

Post by foal30 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:02 pm

I see I have broken the nut on my fretless Jazz. It is still playable but obviusly needs attending to forth with.

I was going to try the TUSQ Graph-Tech, any recommendations/warnings?

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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by john » Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:00 pm

Interesting .
I have been thinking of putting a wood nut on my fretless lately .
Open strings just sound to different . Do people do that?

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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by mjwhit » Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:28 pm

Are you doing the replacement?

I dont know anything about your experience with stuff like this, but my only suggestions is to not use super glue to keep it in the slot. Remember sometime along the line someone will want to change the nut again, so choose a glue that can be removed easily.

Its probably not even nessesary to use glue at all, and use string tension to keep it in. I dont.

As with the specific type of nut you've choosen, just try it, worst case scenario is you dont like it and end up spending time/money changing it again.

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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by irvinz » Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:09 am

i like that graphtech stuff. never liked brass much... that wood thing would be interesting.... but gotta match it up real well i suppose?
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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by ryanmaiden » Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:50 pm

I put a graphite nut on my Parts-cision bass, mainly because I've got a Hipshot Drop-D tuner and the graphite nuts stay nice and slippery, allowing the string to flick from E to D and back to E with no binding. I've found tuning with the graphite nut is a lot smoother than a plastic or bone nut.
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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by foal30 » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:53 pm

er, I was going to give it a go yes.
but I'm hardly endorsed by Binford if ya know what I mean

I have graphite nuts on three basses, this Graph-Tec claims to be much better.

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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by ash » Fri May 08, 2009 6:27 pm

I use graphtech wherever possible, unfortunately I don't have the exact one Foal needs for this job.
Bone and Tusq only get a run when requested for mojo purposes or when colour is a factor.

I have a few other synthetic materials from Hipshot to try out and have used things like Delrin, brass, phenolic and graphite impregnated plastics before, but none are better than Graphtech, just different at best. (FYI, Graphtech has teflon in it for lubrication. The only graphite in it is for colour).

Violins, cellos etc use ebony nuts, so for a fretless, especially with flatwounds on an ebony fingerboard, it makes a lot of sense to try an ebony nut. Should be fine with roundwounds too, but will wear out quicker, of course.

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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by foal30 » Fri May 08, 2009 8:27 pm

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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by beagle » Fri May 08, 2009 10:35 pm

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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by foal30 » Sat May 09, 2009 8:16 am

No, I don't touch the stuff.

just a little inter-web cross referencing.

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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by foal30 » Sat May 30, 2009 5:15 pm

well,

I got the TUSQ
man made Ivory, preslotted


I got it from here
http://www.guitarparts.co.nz

quick delivery and contact so credit to Iain and his band of merry men.

as for putting it in, had to dig out a bit of the old slot :) and shave down the new nut
after about 8 refits and tune got there :evil: :cry:

I think I had the strings on so long slackening them caused the neck to *BANNED* itself :)

anyway, tis sorted.
and try guitarparts because good service.
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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by irvinz » Sat May 30, 2009 5:33 pm

i think his name is
IAIN....=)

top notch dude. usually his stuff are overnight!
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Re: Nut Replacement

Post by lettsbasses » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:46 am

I use wood for nuts all the time (well a lot of the time) as do a lot of other builders. Ebony only though. There are other woods which wood do the job but dont look quite right (cocobolo for instance).The trick is to orientate the grain upwards so that strings are pressing down on the end grain which is very very hard indeed. You can also use bone that is sold for pet dogs. It is usually bovine and air dried bone that wont split as the dog chews. Perfect!

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