Copy paste from Effects area. Think I posted in wrong area. Hey, I'm curious about something. What's the difference between all the different materials for nuts? I need a different nut for a Gretsch G5420T, as the plastic one is horrible and I'd like to upgrade it. I don't know anything about them though. Yeah, the strings go through them - big whoop. What I do know, is that they affect the tone of open strings. I use open strings a lot now, after learning how to apply them to lead licks and stuff like that, even when you're playing higher up on the fretboard - you can totally replace say, a D note, with the open D, and it'll give the lick a whole different feel. It's really noticeable to me how these open strings sound in that context, along with the usual cowboy chords and other stuff like 079900 I really dig playing in E and letting the open B and high E strings ring out all song. So yeah, I dig the open strings. What should I expect from different materials for the nut? Are some materials more twangy than others? Are some a little more mellow? I'm convinced I'll be able to tell, and appreciate the difference - because of how much I love the open strings. Obviously I'm after something good that'll let the Bigsby do it's thing without getting the strings caught up at all - but I'm totally wanting to know what tones different materials of nut will provide to the open strings. I know that I won't hear any difference on strings that aren't open. Thanks for any and all advice/tips etc etc.