Big Bends Nut Sauce

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  1. 6789

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    Is Big Bends Nut Sauce really any different than Vaseline Lip therapy?

    I know many people recommend pencil lead/graphite as a cheap solution but I'm wondering if Nut Sauce is the same as Vaseline Lip therapy.

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  2. dc_jcm800

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    Vaseline and graphite.
    The only thing is I like the Big Bend tube for ease of use. Then again a tooth pick would work just fine.
    there may have ben a thread on this a while back where someone explained how to make your own.

    I had all the nuts on my guitars re-worked and no longer use this product.
     
  3. vintage66

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    So you're saying that's what's in the Big Bends sauce? I haven't bought it because it's too expensive but graphite alone isn't working on a couple guitars so I might try the vaseline.
     
  4. brianf

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    I use the Big bends Nut sauce. It's very inexpensive and it works. I'm just not about to start mixing vasaline a graphite to save a couple of bucks.

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  5. Polynitro

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    +1...Especially if you need it. I put a little wax under my string tree but I don't think I need too. If you're having tuning issues and/or have a trem I'd get the nut sauce, it does work.
     
  6. fr8_trane

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    I'm pretty sure that vasoline is a bad idea. Since its petroleum based, after repeated use it will leak into the wood around your nut and possibly cause some damage to the wood.

    My guess is that Big bends is some kind of silicon grease mixed with graphite.

    I use powdered graphite that comes in a syringe that can be found at automotive stores. I also use graphtech string trees and locking tuners. This combo works very well for me.
     
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    I use it and it works really well. No more 'pinging' for me.
     
  8. BryanMatthews

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    I use a pencil and mark a line in each nut slot, I then put a thin stripe of big bends in the nut slot over the pencil line. With a tooth pick, I rub the big bends and pencil line into each other.

    Never had a tuning issue :banana
     
  9. Blueser

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    Another big +1 for BB Nut Sauce! Very clean application and works perfectly. I think it's worth it.
     
  10. Franklin

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    I love Big Ben's!! I have very few string breaks and tuning issues since I started using it!
     
  11. John Hurtt

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    Don't know what's in it, but it seems to help on my guitars.
     
  12. wc8485

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    BBNS, one tube of it will last for years... really.
     
  13. Bill Brasky

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    I melted a Chap Stik in the microwave and mixed it with graphite powder. The Chap Stik is soft and waxy and stays in place. You only put a teensy-tiny amount into the string grooves of the nut with the tip of a toothpick. If it's getting into your wood/fingerboard you're putting on waaaaay too much.
     
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    Vasoline, being a petroleum product WILL build up over repeated uses (no matter how small) and soak into the the nut slot. Its just a matter of time. Maybe its not a big deal but I don't like the idea.

    I agree with whoever said BBNS is probably not petroleum based.
     
  15. jamison162

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    I like this stuff better than anything I've used previously:

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  16. Glowing Tubes

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    BBNS works well for me, been using it for years (still on my first tube purchased) Its inexpensive, easy to use and does what it is supposed to.
    Used to do the pencil lead thing and other methods, this is much cleaner and simple.

    IMO

    YMMV

    RC
     
  17. tmuka

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    I like the BBNS on my nuts too, it really helps on my strat trem.
     
  18. Jules6120

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    + 1 for BBNS
    Still on my first tube from 2 years ago.
    I have 4 guitars with a Bigsby and it has made a big difference. All of them stay so much more in tune if there is any Bigsby action in a song! Easy to use - great product.
     
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    This is an ancient thread, but I just got some BBNS. It's awesome. I can't believe people think it's expensive.....I think it comes out to about 25cents per string change. My guitar is in MUCH better tune now, and stays that way. The difference is staggering. I've been using the pencil lead until now, this beats it by a long way, IMO. If you're having any tuning issues, try this, it's probably that simple. I wish someone had told me to get this a long time ago.
     
  20. sickboy79

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    Does the Big Bends sauce help is you use it at the bridge in the saddle slots? Does it help reduce sting breakage at this area?
     

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