#1
Remember that hybrid guitar I'm having built. Well it doesn't have a nut and I want to have the best I can, but I don't really want to route it just for a nut

Real question is: does a lsr roller nut require routing and if it does what's the best option that doesn't
#2
i'm a big fan of the Tusq XL nuts. Impregnated with teflon, which is the slipperiest substance known to man, and about 500 timers more slippery than graphite.
#3
Bone and Tusq are great. I don't know if the roller nut requires routing, but it's a bit overkill, imo. A well cut nut made from bone will do great. But you might be better off paying a skilled luthier to do that for you if tuning stability is a serious concern.
#4
I replaced my strats nut with a Graptech Tusq nut, was cheap and is awesome. The string slots were precut but it needed filing to fit into the nut slot, enough work that it would warrent getting a pro to do it.

With that said I did it myself, and I'm far from a luthier, used some metal files I purchased to file the knife edges on my Ibanez Jems tremolo, they did the trick. I figured the nuts are so cheap that even if I did mess it up it was only the price of a beer.
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#5
Quote by Bigbazz
I replaced my strats nut with a Graptech Tusq nut, was cheap and is awesome. The string slots were precut but it needed filing to fit into the nut slot, enough work that it would warrent getting a pro to do it.

With that said I did it myself, and I'm far from a luthier, used some metal files I purchased to file the knife edges on my Ibanez Jems tremolo, they did the trick. I figured the nuts are so cheap that even if I did mess it up it was only the price of a beer.


exactly. i've put Tusq or Tusq XL nuts in about 6 of my guitars (Strats and Tele). They sometimes required a little sanding to fit in the nut slot, and the edges stuck out a little, so those had to be filed down a bit....but I'm far from a luthier and had no problem doing it.

I've also been lucky and have not needed to file the nut slots, but i think that's because i use 10s for strings. If you use 12s or something heavier, you'd probably need to file the nut slots.
#6
One note, there are Tusq nuts and there are Tusq XL nuts. The XL are impregnated with teflon and are self-lubricating.
#7
Quote by peskypesky
One note, there are Tusq nuts and there are Tusq XL nuts. The XL are impregnated with teflon and are self-lubricating.


I had the latter, didn't see the "non self lubricating" ones for sale when I bought mine, its definitely a massive improvement if you've come from a plastic nut, when tuning is concerned.

When I fit my nut I was using 10-46s tuned to E standard, but later modified the guitar and set it up for Drop C tuning with 11-52s, didn't have to file the string slots, those things are so slippery they took it like a champ.
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Peavey 5150
1994 Ibanez Jem 7V
Last edited by Bigbazz at Apr 13, 2013,
#8
The LSR Roller does require routing, but it's often cited as the best Roller nut on the market (apparently Jeff Beck swears by them, but [citation needed]), because it uses two low-friction ball bearings instead of true rollers.
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