#1
So I see that everybody recommends that you put some graphite in the nut or saddle for better tuning stability IIRC..so does that mean I can just take some pencil shavings and rub it down the nut and saddles? Or does it have to be some special kind of graphite?
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#2
Pencil graphite works just fine
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#3
I think it takes a special kind of Graphite.

Although, since you mentioned it, Does anyone know how a graphite guitar sounds? Are they any good?
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#4
Graphite is graphite. Take a thinly sharpened pencil and color in the nut slots...bam done. Or you could use lock deicer which will absorb well into a nut and probably last much longer than the pencil trick.
#5
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I think it takes a special kind of Graphite.

Although, since you mentioned it, Does anyone know how a graphite guitar sounds? Are they any good?

Man, a graphite guitar would be a terrible idea!

But fr srs I put a graphite (well, self-lubricating graphite-impregnated teflon composite) nut on my first guitar (a Strat) years ago, and it's awesome. It slightly improved sustain, but it radically improved tuning stability and prevented those little ting-ting-ting noises that come from heavy trem use.

EDIT: Oh god people actually make graphite guitars?! Why?! It's so, so soft! And fragile!
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#6
Alright cool. And I was taking a look at several type of nuts on the GuitarCenter website and came across this http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-LSR-Roller-Nut-100184762-i1130050.gc

What do you guys think of this? Is it a better alternative to graphite nuts?
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#8
Roller nuts are a lot better than any other type of nut for tuning stability. But they also effect your sound the most too and they can be hard to fit. Since they're made of metal it means your open strings will sound brighter. Strats start to sound like Teles, Les Pauls start to sound like Flying Vs, that kind of change. They also can only fit 9.5" radius necks, they're limited in how high or low you can set the action, they're limited on how thick the strings can be, you can't really use them with tilt-back headstocks and fitting them requires you to widen the nut slot forwards which is a perminant mod you can't fix if you decide that you don't like the roller nut and want to put a normal nut back in.

Try a american deluxe HSS strat or a Jeff Beck strat first. They both use roller nuts stock so you can try those and see if you like the sound and feel. Then think whether you'd be happy with having your nut slot permanently widened. If you like them when you try it out and you can live with it being a permanent mod, go for it. Nothing beats a roller nut. Otherwise, a graph tech graphite nut will suit most people just fine.
#9
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EDIT: Oh god people actually make graphite guitars?! Why?! It's so, so soft! And fragile!

I looked up some websites... it's actually fairly interesting.

Graphite would be my last choice of a material to make guitars out of.
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#10
I always thought the graphite guitars were like a weave/composite type thing (kinda like what graphite golf club shafts are made out of). I'd be interested to try one, and if they are actually that composite stuff then they would be pretty damn sturdy from what I've experienced with it.
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I always thought the graphite guitars were like a weave/composite type thing (kinda like what graphite golf club shafts are made out of). I'd be interested to try one, and if they are actually that composite stuff then they would be pretty damn sturdy from what I've experienced with it.

It is.

Though I've only read what's been said on the sites, it sounds fairly good, and I would be quite interested in trying one too. New materials are getting pretty big in the guitar world now.
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I always thought the graphite guitars were like a weave/composite type thing (kinda like what graphite golf club shafts are made out of). I'd be interested to try one, and if they are actually that composite stuff then they would be pretty damn sturdy from what I've experienced with it.


That's what I think too.
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#13
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Graphite is graphite. Take a thinly sharpened pencil and color in the nut slots...bam done. Or you could use lock deicer which will absorb well into a nut and probably last much longer than the pencil trick.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencil_lead#Grading_and_classification

"The various graphite pencil grades are achieved by altering the proportion of graphite to clay: the more clay the harder the pencil.[26][27][28] Two pencils of the same grade but different manufacturers will not necessarily make a mark of identical tone nor have the same hardness.[29]"

judging by that you'd probably want more of a B pencil than an H. Though maybe it doesn't matter all that much.
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#14
Okay, done some research, graphite guitars (I always heard them called "carbon fiber," which wouldn't have bewildered me) are awesome. Buy one today. I thought people were talking about solid pieces of graphite, which would have been crazy.

But they aren't self-lubricating or anything, so they're not really relevant to the OP.
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