bacsidoan wrote:It appears that the consensus from luthiers on this forum and most others is that the tone won't change significantly so long as the nut is made of something hard, be it bone, tusq, mammoth tusk, walrus tusk... However, I sense that your mind is already made up. So go with what you believe and see what happens. After all, the only person that really counts is you. For what it's worth, I have nuts made of brass, mammoth tusk, tusq, pre-banned African ivory, MOP, Zero Fret Glide and most recently lignum vitae. Honestly, I have not been able to detect any substantiated difference. Saddle: yes, Nut: No
My favorite nut material is lignum vitae. It looks cool, natural, authentic, and its natural, intrinsic lubricity eliminates any string stickiness. I only have it for a month. Only time will tell whether the its slots will wear out faster than bone.
Thanks for your comments. Just before I changed nut from original one to new nut with narrower strings spacing, its tone is not as good as original one. I try to keep same tone by using new nut with narrower strings spacing...
The original one is exciting to play while the new one with narrower strings spacing has a little bit boring...now I am sure the nut's material is different. Next time when I have another nut, I must know the nut material in detail.