Who else hates brass? Nuts, saddles, whatever...

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  1. GuitarInnovations

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    To my ears, tere's always something off with guitars with brass nuts or saddles/bridges.

    Anyone agree? Or is it just me?
     
  2. XKnight

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    I have a guitar with a brass nut and it has more resonance than any other guitar I've played. Don't know if it's the brass nut that does that though. This particular guitar also stays in tune better than most others. Again, not sure if it's the brass nut, but I do know the nut is perfectly cut so that certainly helps. In conclusion, I like brass nuts. :jo
     
  3. ldizzle

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    I dig brass tele saddles and I had a bass that had an excellent brass nut... No hate here.
     
  4. bender

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    I have a brass nut on an aluminium-necked guitar--adds to the particular sound. Definitely not woody sounding though ;)
     
  5. Bluplirst

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    What guitars have you played with brass? I like the brass saddles on my prs guitars. I have a custom strat with brass nut and saddles which sounds killer. I think "what" guitar would make a difference.
     
  6. Sweetfinger

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    Brass is just one of many materials available to make nuts and saddles. It is one of the more unpleasant ones to work and fit, so, not a fan. It reminds me of all the terrible sounding really heavy guitars I've heard with exotic hardwoods and brass everything. In the late 70s and early 80s you just couldn't pack on enough chunky brass hardware. You'd end up with bland sounding guitars that sustained forever.
     
  7. Deed_Poll

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    It's funny that brass nuts are seen as being too bright by some and brass saddles are seen as being not bright enough!

    Aren't 'nickel' frets a mostly brass alloy?

    I agree on a Tele bridge brass is de rigeur, I was really chuffed to see chunky brass barrel saddles on a friend's new Squier '70s P-Bass. That is an awesome instrument.
     
  8. EADGBE

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    I don't have a problem with brass parts. The more choices the better.
     
  9. Boris Bubbanov

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    Brass made with a lot of lead is not much good.

    Find out what quality of brass you're getting.

    If there's a metal I'm losing love for, it is aluminum. Kinda tired of it; can't explain.
     
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    Sorry but I like brass nuts too. They last forever too. Different strokes for different folks.
     
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    Nickel is an elemental, right? Isn't brass the alloy?

    And yeah, I like brass saddles and nuts where I've used them in the past.
     
  13. Mr Analog

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    I'm with the OP. Except for tele saddles, I'm not a fan of brass anything. It sounds bland and looks almost as bad as gold hardware.
     
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    Vintage Les Pauls - Brass saddles. I'll take 'em.
     
  15. ef_in_fla

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    Brass nuts seem gimmicky to me.
     
  16. gkoelling

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    Brass saddles are required on a Tele.
     
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    I always liked the look of the split nut that Ibanez uses on the as-200 and Scofield models.
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  19. ieso

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    brass saddles on my PRS SC58 and it is amazing. Also have some soft red brass picks made by Chris Shaffer that are really cool for some applications.
     
  20. stratamania

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    Nickel frets are mainly made out of nickel and brass. Brass itself contains copper and zinc.

    Nickel is an element.

    FWIW I don't mind brass nuts, not on every guitar though.
     

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