Roller Nuts - Worth It ?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Electric I, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Electric I

    Electric I Member

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    Building a Tele & was considering a roller nut. The claim is "better sustain & longer string life.

    Whaddaya say ?
     
  2. Tommy Tourbus

    Tommy Tourbus Senior Member

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    unless you are puting a bigsby on it i'd say skip it and go w/bone.
     
  3. Electric I

    Electric I Member

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    Makes sense. Thanks for that.
     
  4. David Collins

    David Collins Member

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    I'm not a fan. Until someone designs a roller nut that allows individual string height adjustment, they do little other than limit the setup to an acceptable compromise, leaving you rarely able to achieve perfect height on all strings at the nut.
     
  5. Rumblefish

    Rumblefish Silver Supporting Member

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    Bone nut for me. I can't tolerate the metallic tone the roller nut imparts on an otherwise good sounding geetar.
     
  6. khromagi

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    Yes for roller nuts, I have LSR roller nuts on my Warmoth neck guitars (one hardtail one tremelo). For me the are perfect match. Beside the advantages for bending, trem, and behind the nut bending it allows me to easily change the over all nut height via the little shims they provide. I can do most anything guitar setup/piecing together wise except nut making so they allow me control over my setup.
     
  7. treeofpain

    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    I like them fine. They work well, but not everyone likes the look of them.

    I don't see where they affect the sound. You only hear any difference (slight) on open strings, since the nut is basically taken out of the equation when you are fretting.

    That said, a bone nut properly cut is a really good thing.
     
  8. GCDEF

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    I don't really see the point if you don't have a trem. For a fixed bridge, a good graphite nut should do the job.
     

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