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  • Bone vs. Graphite nuts

    What are the differences and which is better overall?
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    Bone is supposed to give brighter attack for open strings; graphite is supposed to be more slippery for bending and tremolo work, but in all honesty any nut that is properly cut and slotted will be slippery enough for most applications.
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    • #3
      Does Gibson put graphite nuts on from the factory? I was looking at my SG and it doesn't look plastic?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Vendor Defendor
        Does Gibson put graphite nuts on from the factory?
        I think they use corian. It's a very hard synthetic material.

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        • #5
          Anyone try TUSQ nuts?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by djpatb
            Anyone try TUSQ nuts?


            I have put TUSQ nuts on a couple of my Strats. They are excellent. I can't see any reason for ever using anything else.
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            • #7
              i just put a graphite nut on my SG (By myself ) onea the coolest mods ive done to it

              Stock nuts on SGs are plastic. Mne was VERY straightforward to remove, however ive removed nuts before that just didnt want to give up and had to carefully file the remains off
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              • #8
                Originally posted by MadSkillzMan
                i just put a graphite nut on my SG (By myself ) onea the coolest mods ive done to it


                Where did you get it from? I was looking for one that is pre-slotted, all the ones I have seen online aren't slotted yet...
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                • #9
                  i got it from a local guitar shop. Was the guys last one. I just asked simply, do you have a graphite nut that will fit an SG? he dug a bit, and found one for a gibson. it looked pre-slotted, as the bottom is hollow.

                  I removed the old one very easily. Pull off the truss rod bell cover. With a screw driver and hammer, tap the left and right sides LIGHTLY, then with a pair of plyers, grab the nut in the middle and pull. Make sure you score the finish first, otherwise it comes off with the nut.

                  Check around for local cheapo guitar shops. We have one here called Timeless Guitars. its the only place i like. All guitars from the 60s and 70s, PARTS GALLORE

                  If your feeling up to it you could get a blank and slot it yourself. If i had a better set of files id offer to do it for you, as im learning to slot a bone nut for my acoustic, and until i do it myself and am pleased, i wont brag or screw anyone elses up.

                  The difference really, is that when open notes are hit, you get a much thicker, richer sound. Graphite on an SG is a godsend. These guitars are famous for holding tune, but graphite is slippery, so when you bend, the strings slide at the nut easily, and you retain your tune.

                  A plastic nut gets mushy (on the epiphones especially!) strings sink, it chips far too easily on low E, and the open notes sound dull. The nut i removed was that rubbery soft plastic

                  Mines an epiphone. When i switched it, it had a more gibson feel, and was the weirdest, but coolest thing ever. The new feeling wore off pretty quick

                  Now. with bone, its pretty much the same principal, only bone provides a happier, warmer tone, and personally id only use em on an acoustic or maybe a hollowbody.

                  Hope that helps!
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                  • #10
                    It does help! Time to find a graphite nut :thu:
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by djpatb
                      Anyone try TUSQ nuts?

                      I agree with ECfan.
                      Graphtech makes some nice stuff.
                      Their preslotted nuts are a great upgrade on low budget guitars,
                      electric and acoustic.

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