What material is used for the NUT on a Les Paul?

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  1. FireBottle

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    Is it plastic? Simulated bone? Ground Bald Eagle skulls?

    Is the same material used across the line? (i.e., Les Paul Studio? Standard?Custom? Historic?)

    The nut on my Les Paul looks pretty poorly made...far from symmetrical. I've replaced the nuts in my Strats with bone. Does it make sense to consider changing it out to natural bone or some other material? Performance-wise it seems to function as others I've owned. Just looks like it was made by a boy scout at summer camp. I'm sidelined with an injury for a bit and thought about have some tweaks done to the guitar while recovering.
     
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    The answer is "all of the above, more or less". The vintage stuff generally had nuts made with a type of hard nylon. Higher end ones and Historics usually have bone (I think the more recent Historics now have nylon again in the never ending quest to converge on accuracy). Many Epiphones are plastic. Which specific Les Paul do you have?
     
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    Corian on the newer models and Nylon 6 on vintage.
     
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    Oh yeah, forgot Corian. Thanks!
     
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    Mine is a 2006 standard...
     
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    Originally nylon 4 (in the fifties). To my knowledge, that stuff is not made much anymore, except for certain specific products. If you'd like to try the real stuff, its equivalent today might be the sort of nylon used in the making of dog chews, i.e. nylabone.
     

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