The guitar plays well and sounds good, but I haven't compared it to another nut. AllroyPA LeftyStrategist. >> Unbleached Bone Nuts. Some guitars are better with Tusq nut, while others are awesome with the traditional nut material. Remember, the nut material only has a tiny effect on the overall sound, but it has a very important role in your guitar. Bone is the traditional choice of material for acoustic guitar nuts. Some players want to stick to a bone nut, while others want to try this modern nut material. With this, they deliver a rich tone and crystal clear bell-like high-end response. They're inexpensive and qualify for the 'synthetic' category. Descriptions of the tonal change when replacing the nut and saddle from bone to Tusq range from subtle to fantastic. I have a '98 MIM that was rather dark/overly warm sounding. The discussion of which Nut is better than the other has been up for debate time and again by guitarists the world over. So, though it’s small, it’s has a very important role which can’t be replaced by anything. The newest and oldest sound fine … Sounds a bit better and looks a LOT better. However, Tusq material quickly gains popularity and challenged the position of the bone material to be the best guitar nut. liquoragent511, Aug 29, 2009 #1. Replaced with Tusq and sounds light years better. About This Item. Guitar nut seems to be a tiny little thing that’s just there to elevate the strings. I seem to recall at least one forum member saying he reverted to Tusq. Since bone nuts are natural, they look sexy and retains the color of the bone it’s taken from. Then I try bone again, which I generally prefer. I have a tusq nut on my Godin. Since they are made from organic, real bones, there may be some inconsistencies and dead spots. The bone brings your guitar to life with a better attack and sustain. The problem with the lip balm is that it doesn't last as much as the strings, hence the desire for a new nut. So I want to upgrade my plastic nut to a bone or tusq nut..just like other threads I don't see this thread finding a single conclusion.. But, it has a crucial part as it controls the spacing of the strings, the distance from the edge of the fretboard and the height of the strings on the first fret. So, in other words, Tusq is denser and more consistent that bone. While the difference between the two isn’t as pronounced as going from a cheap plastic nut to a bone or Tusq nut, there are definitely some advantages with Tusq. Tusq is a good material and comes stock on many higher end guitars, but I actually prefer Graph-tec Graphite nuts over the Tusq. The thinking is that if you take two nuts of equal hardness but different weights, they will sound different. So, to help you understand everything about guitar nut, let’s begin with the Tusq Nut vs Bone argument. TUSQ is by far the best nut to use and I will explain. -- Bob R Nut Types. ). The tusq nut and saddle on my DN4 looked ratty after just a few months. Through this precise engineering, they are found to have better sustain, more volume and more consistent and effective than bone. I find Tusq to be a little brighter and slicker for tremolo. Density will affect durability. Bone is my first choice but cutting a bone nut is a very labor intensive process and you really need to take your time and get it right. Bridge Pin, Nut, and Saddle comparison: Liquidmetal, Tusq, Ebony, Bone, Plastic Sweetwater did a very interesting comparison of the effect of various materials on tone. I've been thinking about replacing the nut on my MIM Strat. In fact, renowned guitar makers like Taylor, Gibson, and Tacoma are now using Tusq nuts and saddles. as long as the stock nut does what it's intended to do, there isn't any reason to change it. First fit a Tusq saddle and nut and the sound was better with the urea to my ears. Tusq saddles and nuts are actually made from an extremely high-quality polymer, formed by high levels of heat and pressure, which allows them to transfer string energy and sustain more consistently and efficiently. Plastic nuts are the most common by far. To contact the forum owner hit the Contact Us link. Bone is also naturally very hard and won’t wear down like plastic. Since bone is an organic material, it can have soft spots and the density throughout the material is inconsistent. Then switched to bone and the improvement was far better than either the urea or Tusq. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. So, I would say it depends on the guitar. During tremolo bends, the strings slide in the slots, returning to accurate pitch. Some players want to stick to a bone nut, while others want to try this modern nut material. Tusq Nut vs Bone: Similarities and Differences, Tusq Nut vs Bone: Advantages and Disadvantages. For instance, these Squier CVs. TUSQ gives better tone performance, richer tone and much more sustain. I think tusq is a definite step down I managed to shave too much off my stock bone saddle on my BR160 and replaced it with tusq. Guitar nuts are a very important piece of a guitar. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Feb 23, 2014 #1. rexgranite TDPRI Member. Collapse. Using either Tusq or bone varies from guitar to guitar. Materials used to make them can vary from bone or brass all the way to ‘high tech’ plastics such as corian, micarta, and TUSQ. It does what a nut is supposed to do. if it ain't broke..... (You must log in or sign up to reply here. But bone is warmer and has a more traditional tone. Are there any advantages in replacing the nut with bone or tusq? is an independent, member supported forum and is not affiliated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. I then made a new saddle out of a bone blank from Stewart McDonald and the original tone came roaring back. If you want to change the nut of your guitar, you should know that it’s a bit expensive, especially if you’ll ask a luthier to do it. Age: … As people say just make sure its cut and installed properly. The exception are the vintage reissue and custom shop models which come with genuine bone. If you want to know if your guitar nut is a bone or a Tusq, this YouTube video shows two very simple techniques on how to identify the nut material: Although it’s hard to determine the effect of the nut material on the overall sound of the guitar, some say that Tusq offers a brighter tone compared to bone. I have found that the tone — when compared to bone and synthetic bone — is thinner using TUSQ nuts, even though they market a better bass response. Extra slippery: TUSQ XL ® is impregnated with Teflon ® (500% more slippery than graphite). Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by cazclocker, Jun 17, 2015. _____ It’s hard, dense, and light material that offers incredible resonance and better sustain when properly installed. Tonal Differences. Since it’s consistent, there are no dead spots or flats and is a very rigid material. I often do this until a new guitar begins to open up and start to sound richer. I used Bob Colossi bone and upgraded the tuners to Gotoh's. Last Tusq nut I bought was $7.00. Any bone can be used for the nut, for as long as it’s dense and works well. TUSQ nuts boast “permanent lubrication” and definitely deliver in the self–lubrication category, being easy to shape. Joined: Feb 13, 2014 Location: Omaha, Ne. Stock nut next to the installed Colosi nut. So now I'm worried that, in a blind test, I couldn't tell the difference between Tusq and bone, and I've just been deluding myself. But, you rarely think about the nut. Any sugestions would be great. However, Tusq can also be processed to imitate the structure and color of the bone nut. It's as good as most, bone or otherwise. You don’t need to change anything about your nut if you find it perfect for your guitar. Leave the nut and change out the saddle to micarta. Now install a bone nut and listen again. I replaced the Tusq nut and saddle on my 814C and noted a very subtle change. Which is better? Tusq is very nice in that it is slicker than bone and allows the strings to slide around more so it's easier to tune the guitar and they tend to stay in tune longer. Bone saddle and pins with my new Taylor 314CE. You can change your guitar nut from bone to Tusq and vice versa, and check which is better for you. Try your own comparison: play a guitar with a plastic nut long enough to get to know its tone and sustain. All bone nuts are carved from scratch to fit the guitar. I've done numerous for the same reason you cited. Posts: 3. They play a big part in distinguishing tone quality during play. It's way more important that the nut is made properly,not what it's made of,unless the material is absolute crap.I changed from a Tusk nut,a hard material, to a graphite nut, a somewhat softer material and there was absolutely no change in tone.Don't believe the voodoo that some people spout. Nothing is as sexy as a well-polished bone nut. My only data point on nut materials is the original plastic (worn slots) vs a replacement bone nut in my strat. I made a comparison video for a Tusq vs. May 10, 2012 . My dealer installed a Colosi bone nut and saddle. A brand name for an alternative guitar nut material, Tusq attempts to replace bone as the best nut for acoustic guitars. The most common type is the standard nut that’s found on the majority of guitars at every price point. The maker of Tusq will tell you that bone, being natural, is subject to air pockets or something like that which CAN make them inconsistent from string to string if that ever happens to you. So, what you should do is try and compare. In terms of appearance, they are identical. I've heard the tusq is the way to go, but I would like some opinions on that. When comparing plastic and a bone, it’s clear that the bone will dominate. Like any nut material, the bone and Tusq nuts have advantages and drawbacks. Will the bone nut material remains the best or will Tusq be a good alternative? Ivory and bone are inconsistent and have hard and soft spots which hamper consistent transfer of vibrations to the guitar top. That’ll depend on the player. Let’s look at the different nut types in our graphite vs plastic vs bone nuts challenge and see what the differences are between them. This is the brand name for an alternate man-made material that is often used today in place of traditional bone or ivory for acoustic guitar saddles and nuts. Tusq Nut vs Bone Nut Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by rexgranite, Feb 23, 2014. Are there any advantages in replacing the nut with bone or tusq? It is strung with Aquila strings and has an ebony saddle and nut. Got the action right but never happy with the sound. Just tried replacing the urea nut and saddle on my new Yamaha GC12 Classical. Use boxwood pins to soften it a little more. Anyways, there are a few advantages and disadvantages for both Tusq and a bone nut. Most Fender guitars come from the factory with cyclovac (simulated or composite bone). Some people prefer the tone of fossil ivory over bone – but again others swear by bone. + They have more consistent density throughout the material, – Has thinner response, though they claim to have better bass response, + Great when working on string relief, angling and slotting, + Self-lubricates and keeps the string in proper tuning and pitch, – Inconsistent density and may have dead spots since it varies from the source. Fossil Ivory: Finally we come to fossil ivory. once a note is fretted, however, it makes no difference what the nut is made of, it's out of the equation. When buying a new guitar, you might consider the tonewood, the neck, the strings, the pickups, the bridge, and the headstock. Exactly.People put way to much importance on what the nut is made of.Bone,ivory,Tusk,Corian,Cyclovac,they're all similar. I'm not asking which is better than the other.. I've heard the tusq is the way to go, but I would like some opinions on that. (If you’re feeling scientific, record the guitar’s sound to compare later.) Graph Tech also makes a “TUSQ derivative” they call NuBone. To my ears at least, the bone nut and saddle when fit properly improve sound dramatically. TUSQ is simply more efficient at transferring vibrations to your guitar top, resulting in big open lows and cle Guitar makers and players agree...acoustic guitars come alive with TUSQ man-made ivory. It is an all solid Kala Acacia tenor. Like any nut material, the bone and Tusq nuts have advantages and drawbacks. Tusq XL nuts on the other hand are self lubricating, so offer improved tuning stability without having any maintenance. Asian-made guitars have nuts from water buffalo or camel. Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by liquoragent511, Aug 29, 2009. Stock bridge and pins next to the installed Colosi bridge and pins. And, as the “king of nuts,” it offers a well-balanced tone, especially on open strings. Tusq was an experiment I definitely won't repeat on the 160. As far as I can tell there really isn't a big difference in changing the nut, and I'll usually just leave the nut unless the nut is broken or a very poor hollowed out plastic nut. Taylor puts bone nuts and saddles on the 9 series. Guitars, whether electric or acoustic, are made of different parts. However, Tusq is not just any plastic. For more modern strat that's made up of more alder planks that help deaden the tone, the Tusq will brighten considerably. Tusq Nut vs Bone: Advantages and Disadvantages. If it isn't bone, I replace it with bone. TUSQ vs. TUSQ XL vs. Nubone vs. Micarta! Bone Nut Vs. High tech Tusq? There isn’t much difference in terms of sound, unless you have a very trained ear. Based on the specifications, Tusq and bone nuts are the same in terms of sustain, volume, and resonance. They are made of high-quality polymer molder under high levels of pressure and heat to mimic or even exceed the qualities of bone nut. Self-lubricating nuts from Graph Tech are ideal for string bending and tremolo work. [/sesameStreet] with a bone nut, a Tusq nut, and an "ordinary plastic" nut, no question that the "ordinary plastic" would be odd man out. Some claim a dramatic improvement in both tone and sustain. Invalid value '0' for parameter userid in method vB_Api_User::fetchProfileInfo . However, recently, the cow bone or American buffalo bone is more preferred, specifically on the femur and humerus bones or from the pelvis or tibia. Though Tusq is technically plastic, yet through its high-precision process, it offers a consistent and uniform slab or nut. However, this will not always the case as the guitar sound doesn’t only depend on the nut, but a lot of other factors. Plastic. Tusq nuts are injection-molded plastic, but a hard plastic which transfers the string vibrations better than the cheap plastic nuts found on low-end guitars do. The nuts are made of different materials, including bone, fossil ivory, plastic (including Corian, Micarta, and Tusq), metal, graphite, brass, and ebony. Bone or Tusq saddle/nut vs ebony So I've got this solid uke that I posted about last week. Any sugestions would be great. So, let’s compare their similarities and differences in terms of performance, looks, and overall tonality. Compensated Nut Tusq Nut vs Bone: Which Will Be Hailed as The Best Guitar Nut? Overall, Tusq nut vs bone argument offers a lot more information to everyone. Bone Nuts VS TUSQ Nuts. Both are excellent materials for nut construction. Those nuts gotta go. It offers remarkable strength against mechanical shocks and it’s very reliable especially when lubricated. I really like it but it is not very loud compared to other ukes at the jam and even my tenor laminated uke. FYI, Tusq will render a brittle sound as compared to other materials. TUSQ - Nuts TUSQ DELIVERS THE OPTIMUM FREQUENCIES FROM THE STRINGS TO THE GUITAR TOP, PRODUCING RICHER AND FULLER TONE. The TUSQ vs Bone debate is extremely debated about on mlp and other forums.So bear with me if you get frustrated.. The most common and probably the best guitar nuts are those that are made of bone and fossil ivory (this is banned). Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next ... One of the cosmetics I deal with fairly early on is the nut. Is the stock nut just as good? For a vintage strat, go with bone. Now, regarding the TUSQ material: to my understanding, there are two types of TUSQ, the TUSQ and the TUSQ XL, but only the latter is impregnated with Teflon and is advertised as having self-lubricating properties. Frankly I think that's a real stretch, even if theoretically true. Couldn't agree more - 2 of mine have bone- the other three have Tusq. As the most popular and probably the best material for nut construction, the bone nut is widely installed on high-end guitars. Shooz Matthews says it's so. Still, bone has proven its worth over the years. Is the stock nut just as good? I have a thing about that. This article will reveal everything about Tusq nut vs bone. Except for the newest (bone) and the oldest (Tusq), I've heard the other three with both and have chosen bone for one and Tusq for the other two.