Bone nuts, does the type of bone matter?

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  1. jens5

    jens5 Silver Supporting Member

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    Quite a bit of Mammoth ivory is not fossilized. Dug from permafrost, it's still viable bone. I have some. Carves great.
     
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    When one goes to a luthier, and gets a bone nut, what is the "standard" type of bone? I've got 2 bone nuts installed in the past year, and I want to say my guy uses whale bone????Does that sound right?
     
  3. Beto

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    I thought this thread was somehow related to this video:



    I'm disappointed.
     
  4. zombiwoof

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    I was looking around on an Asian guitar parts site once and they had Camel bone nut blanks for sale. I thought that would make for a cool conversation piece as a guitar part.
    Al
     
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    Human bone for best results.
     
  6. jazzman1021

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    ..........the importance of the tone-bone........
     
  7. Axis29

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    Cow usually.

    I'd be mighty surprised to find whale bone anything... I'd be dissapointed, too. Whaling is not really looked upon so fondly these days as it was in Melville's time.
     
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    I've made and used hardwood (ebony) on a guitar a long time ago, it sounded good too...but it was non-tremolo type guitar.
     
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    I think it's all baloney. Plastic (Tusq etc.) is totally consistent and has worked fine for decades. Other than cowboy chords how much does the nut even come into play anyway?
     
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    And from what I understand are delicious

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  11. bigben55

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    While I agree, I SERIOUSLY doubt anyone would go whaling to procure guitar nut material. Yet, whales do die and wash up on shores. Eskimos/indigenous Arctic people still hunt whales, etc. Those bones gotta be used for something, right?

     
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    What's the best bone for metal?
     
  13. Bagels&Vox

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    mastodon, of course. 20 bucks says that's all Brent Hines uses, and if he doesn't I'm very disappointed
     
  14. JosephZdyrski

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    Leave Prince Alone!!! Lol j/k
     
  15. Scary Uncle G.

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    I use only the finest quality human bones;)
     
  16. PatriotBadger

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    That's cause it's based on Eastern scales, not Western ones. Of course it sounds dissonant.
     
  17. Boris Bubbanov

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    It is true that the larger/heavier the animal, the harder that bone has to work to handle the scaled up load. But I would go with land animals, and not whales and etc., because they're buoyed up by the water and thus need not be very dense (as compared to a land animal of the same mass).
     
  18. Boris Bubbanov

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    Nah.

    We're lightweights.

    And besides, take a look at some of these other folks with osteoporosis. The radiologist has to really hustle to be able to locate these porous bones on the film. At all. You'd be better off using material from a 3 week old pretzel.
     
  19. Scary Uncle G.

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    Mmmmmmm, pretzels!!
     

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