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Tuning stabability
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As the title says, what are the advantages?

I'm considering replacing the nut in my Epi Les Paul Standard and my new Squiera '51 since I'm pretty sure they're plastic.

I'm going to go ahead and say my tone'll improve a miniscule amount and maybe add to my sustain a little bit.
Only true for open strings. Once you fret a string, the nut is out of the equation.

Tuning stability is the major reason. A string can bind at the nut and the tension will gradually equalize. Harder, lower friction nuts have less tendency for the string to bind.
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Any way, on plastic nuts when you bend strings the nut material can grab the strings, and so when you release the bend the string doesnt return to its correct place and puts it out of tune,

slippier nuts means that when you bend strings the nut material doesnt grab the strings, and so the string returns to the correct position.

So in short, yeah tuning stability.




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#5
Tuning. I got a bone nut and no more string ping!! Although sometimes just putting graphite in a plastic nut thats well cut can help.
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If you play a lot of like thrash or something with a lot of
e |-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|, then it might affect tone a bit. Like for open note only . Mostly for tuning stability like after one bend, the tuning dies or you hear like a small click or ring at the headstock area. That is slippage or something getting caught at the nut. Smoother the better.
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#7
If you're wanting to affect the overall tone of the guitar, try a pickup swap or a new bridge
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