Need a new nut - graphite, tusq, bone?

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  1. Big0range

    Big0range Member

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    I've gotta get a nut installed on my hopefully soon-to-be-completed strat project. I plan on using the trem, at least a little. I've got the Gotoh Locking Vintage tuners. I though about using a roller nut, but understand they can sound too metallic. Graphite or tusq seem to be the best options to prevent any binding of the string, or maybe the Trem-Nut by GraphTech.

    Any input one way or the other, or other product suggestions?
     
  2. mrfjones

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    go with the tusq, very nice with the trem. Graphite is better but it can dampen the sound in some guitars. Bone sounds the best as far as I am concerned but if it is not cut properly it can bind the string with trem use
     
  3. guitarfish

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    I've installed 3 Tusq nuts so far (2 Teles, 1 LP) and have been very happy with them. They're inexpensive, and easy to work with.
     
  4. Atomic Punk

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    "I though about using a roller nut, but understand they can sound too metallic"

    MYTH. I have one on my AMDLX Fat Strat and it sounds fine. I didn't notice much difference at all between the sound (roller nut) with a graphite nut on one of my strats and the stock plastic one on another.
     
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    I'm one for the graphite, personally. I had bone on my strat. Bone rocked but broke and there were definately tuning problems. Anyway, switched to graphite a couple of years ago and couldn't be happier. I've been told that they wear out quicker but I had mine for seven years on my main guitar and never had any problems. In fact, I bought a new neck and then went straight for graphite.
     
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    Im switching all of my graphite nuts to Tusq. 1,000,000 % better.
     
  8. Big0range

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    Great input so far, it seems I can rule out bone (but add that Slip-Stone)...
     

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