#1
How do i go about getting a nut for a guitar i'm building?

is it a case of just buying one or does it have to be specially designed?

any help will be very welcome

-Blues_King
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#2
any music store dealing in guitars should have a replacement nut lying about
#3
They make generic ones. If you can afford it, a luthier cutting one specifically for the guitar will generally do a better job, and I don't think they make generic versions of some materials. It depends on what you are going for. You can spend anywhere from $2 to probably $60 on it (just an estimate, a high end one cut by a luthier is going to vary a bit in cost).
#4
I'm a big fan of Graphtech TUSQ nuts. They're made out of 'man made' ebony, and are made for most popular models of guitars, both U.S. and import models.

Most 'general purpose' nut will likely need to be 'fine tuned' for string depth and overall nut width and depth, but it's way easier than starting from scratch with a nut blank.
#5
Quote by rasker
any music store dealing in guitars should have a replacement nut lying about

Not true... my local guitar center does not have them. O.o but they suck nuts anyways lol.
#6
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Nuts,_saddles/String_nuts/White_Bone_Nuts.html

There's no reason not to get a bone nut. Bone is best. If you're making the guitar, you could make one, also. Just get some bone from the butcher. Incidentally, if you're making a guitar and don't know where to buy a nut, where do you know to buy other necessities?
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#7
The problem with bone is density.. bone just isn't that consistent, and is prone to 'soft spots'.
#8
Quote by FiddleMoor
The problem with bone is density.. bone just isn't that consistent, and is prone to 'soft spots'.

Absolute bollocks. If you buy from a reputable dealer (even Stewart Macdonald), then you won't have this problem.

I've bought bone saddles and nuts for all my guitars from Bob @ http://guitarsaddles.com/ . I've never had this problem.
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#9
Bone having soft spots and inherent inconsistencies isn't bollocks, it's a scientific fact.

If you think Stew Mac has an x-ray machine in the back room doing Q.C. on every chunk of bone nut that comes in on the boat from China to make sure that $8.62 nut they're shipping you is 'all solid' well.. then I don't know what to say.

I've built and modded a lot of guitars in the last 20 years, my personal experience with bone is hit and miss. The synthetic stuff delivers the tone and the consistency every time.

Your mileage may vary.
#10
Quote by FiddleMoor
Bone having soft spots and inherent inconsistencies isn't bollocks, it's a scientific fact.

If you think Stew Mac has an x-ray machine in the back room doing Q.C. on every chunk of bone nut that comes in on the boat from China to make sure that $8.62 nut they're shipping you is 'all solid' well.. then I don't know what to say.

I've built and modded a lot of guitars in the last 20 years, my personal experience with bone is hit and miss. The synthetic stuff delivers the tone and the consistency every time.

Your mileage may vary.

All I can claim is 15 acoustics that I've worked on; nuts, pins, and saddles have come through perfectly every time. Granted, I've never bought from StewMac (always from Bob @ guitarsaddles.com). That might have something to do with it; I'm not sure. Same goes for fossilized walrus on two guitars.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#11
You'll have to ask the dude next time you place an order. It's very likely if the guy is doing custom work that he's weeding out the clunkers.

I generally buy 'roughed in' nuts and 'fine tune' them to the guitar.. and it's not that I don't love the sound of bone.. when you get a good piece, it's great stuff. I just got tired of buying 6 nuts for one guitar.

I'll bookmark Bob's page and try one of his nuts on my next project.
#12
Quote by FiddleMoor
You'll have to ask the dude next time you place an order. It's very likely if the guy is doing custom work that he's weeding out the clunkers.

I generally buy 'roughed in' nuts and 'fine tune' them to the guitar.. and it's not that I don't love the sound of bone.. when you get a good piece, it's great stuff. I just got tired of buying 6 nuts for one guitar.

I'll bookmark Bob's page and try one of his nuts on my next project.

Yeah, I've never been steered wrong there. I used fossilized walrus on a Martin and a Seagull that came to me. Fitted the pins and bridge, slotted the nut. It was incredible. Honestly, if I had the dough to drop on my own guitar, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Also, the polished ivory nuts looks gorgeous on a white guitar.

Not that I'm plugging him, or anything.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#13
Quote by Chad48309
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Nuts,_saddles/String_nuts/White_Bone_Nuts.html

There's no reason not to get a bone nut. Bone is best. If you're making the guitar, you could make one, also. Just get some bone from the butcher. Incidentally, if you're making a guitar and don't know where to buy a nut, where do you know to buy other necessities?


i am recycling stuff from my old guitar, bridge etc....... because its for school and all about 'cost effectiveness' and i have pups and stuff, i was just wondering about the nut
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#14
If it's the exact same guitar, the nut might work but I would go with a new one, the old one is probably worn. It also might not be an exact fit for the new guitar.

I'm not sure what it would cost to have one made, the bone nut blank is only about $6 or so, but the string spacing must be correct and slot depth must be correct, and both must be fitted to the individual guitar. You can do it yourself if you know how and have the tools, and if you're careful, but nut files cost $100 or more. Also the string spacing and slot depth are very close tolerance, especially the slot depth. Miss it by a couple of thousandths of an inch and you have fret buzz or it's too high and you're pulling strings out of tune.
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