When buying a new guitar, you might consider the tonewood, the neck, the strings, the pickups, the bridge, and the headstock. Asian-made guitars have nuts from water buffalo or camel. Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by cazclocker, Jun 17, 2015. They're inexpensive and qualify for the 'synthetic' category. Ivory and bone are inconsistent and have hard and soft spots which hamper consistent transfer of vibrations to the guitar top. It is strung with Aquila strings and has an ebony saddle and nut. It offers remarkable strength against mechanical shocks and itâs very reliable especially when lubricated. When comparing plastic and a bone, itâs clear that the bone will dominate. Both are excellent materials for nut construction. I made a comparison video for a Tusq vs. Is the stock nut just as good? 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. In terms of appearance, they are identical. Tonal Differences. To contact the forum owner hit the Contact Us link. Last Tusq nut I bought was $7.00. About This Item. 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. 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. Guitars, whether electric or acoustic, are made of different parts. Using either Tusq or bone varies from guitar to guitar. So, to help you understand everything about guitar nut, letâs begin with the Tusq Nut vs Bone argument. Tusq Nut vs Bone: Advantages and Disadvantages. Self-lubricating nuts from Graph Tech are ideal for string bending and tremolo work. The discussion of which Nut is better than the other has been up for debate time and again by guitarists the world over. I'm not asking which is better than the other.. Are there any advantages in replacing the nut with bone or tusq? The exception are the vintage reissue and custom shop models which come with genuine bone. Tusq is a good material and comes stock on many higher end guitars, but I actually prefer Graph-tec Graphite nuts over the Tusq. 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 itâs 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. With this, they deliver a rich tone and crystal clear bell-like high-end response. I've been thinking about replacing the nut on my MIM Strat. liquoragent511, Aug 29, 2009 #1. It does what a nut is supposed to do. But, you rarely think about the nut. FYI, Tusq will render a brittle sound as compared to other materials. 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. Try your own comparison: play a guitar with a plastic nut long enough to get to know its tone and sustain. The thinking is that if you take two nuts of equal hardness but different weights, they will sound different. Will the bone nut material remains the best or will Tusq be a good alternative? 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. Collapse. Guitar nuts are a very important piece of a guitar. There isnât much difference in terms of sound, unless you have a very trained ear. + 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. So, letâs compare their similarities and differences in terms of performance, looks, and overall tonality. 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. Are there any advantages in replacing the nut with bone or tusq? 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. Nut Types. Leave the nut and change out the saddle to micarta. However, Tusq can also be processed to imitate the structure and color of the bone nut. I find Tusq to be a little brighter and slicker for tremolo. For instance, these Squier CVs. I have a tusq nut on my Godin. Invalid value '0' for parameter userid in method vB_Api_User::fetchProfileInfo . TUSQ vs. TUSQ XL vs. Nubone vs. Micarta nuts...help! Anyways, there are a few advantages and disadvantages for both Tusq and a bone nut. TUSQ gives better tone performance, richer tone and much more sustain. Since bone is an organic material, it can have soft spots and the density throughout the material is inconsistent. First fit a Tusq saddle and nut and the sound was better with the urea to my ears. May 10, 2012 . 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. Some guitars are better with Tusq nut, while others are awesome with the traditional nut material. Itâs hard, dense, and light material that offers incredible resonance and better sustain when properly installed. Any sugestions would be great. Is the stock nut just as good? Strat-Talk.com is an independent, member supported forum and is not affiliated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. The bone brings your guitar to life with a better attack and sustain. 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. Stock nut next to the installed Colosi nut. This article will reveal everything about Tusq nut vs bone. Got the action right but never happy with the sound. My dealer installed a Colosi bone nut and saddle. Tusq Nut vs Bone Nut Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by rexgranite, Feb 23, 2014. Fossil Ivory: Finally we come to fossil ivory. Plastic nuts are the most common by far. The problem with the lip balm is that it doesn't last as much as the strings, hence the desire for a new nut. Most Fender guitars come from the factory with cyclovac (simulated or composite bone). To my ears at least, the bone nut and saddle when fit properly improve sound dramatically. So, what you should do is try and compare. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Feb 23, 2014 #1. rexgranite TDPRI Member. 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. Bone is also naturally very hard and won’t wear down like plastic. Age: … So, though itâs small, itâs has a very important role which canât be replaced by anything. Replaced with Tusq and sounds light years better. Though Tusq is technically plastic, yet through its high-precision process, it offers a consistent and uniform slab or nut. During tremolo bends, the strings slide in the slots, returning to accurate pitch. Then I try bone again, which I generally prefer. It is an all solid Kala Acacia tenor. Now install a bone nut and listen again. Bone is the traditional choice of material for acoustic guitar nuts. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Shooz Matthews says it's so. Remember, the nut material only has a tiny effect on the overall sound, but it has a very important role in your guitar. 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. 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. The guitar plays well and sounds good, but I haven't compared it to another nut. All bone nuts are carved from scratch to fit the guitar. If you want to change the nut of your guitar, you should know that itâs a bit expensive, especially if youâll ask a luthier to do it. As people say just make sure its cut and installed properly. 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. Couldn't agree more - 2 of mine have bone- the other three have Tusq. However, Tusq is not just any plastic. ). I have a '98 MIM that was rather dark/overly warm sounding. Frankly I think that's a real stretch, even if theoretically true. The newest and oldest sound fine … Density will affect durability. Any sugestions would be great. The most common and probably the best guitar nuts are those that are made of bone and fossil ivory (this is banned). You donât need to change anything about your nut if you find it perfect for your guitar. TUSQ is by far the best nut to use and I will explain. TUSQ - Nuts TUSQ DELIVERS THE OPTIMUM FREQUENCIES FROM THE STRINGS TO THE GUITAR TOP, PRODUCING RICHER AND FULLER TONE. If it isn't bone, I replace it with bone. Any bone can be used for the nut, for as long as itâs dense and works well. I've done numerous for the same reason you cited. I used Bob Colossi bone and upgraded the tuners to Gotoh's. Since itâs consistent, there are no dead spots or flats and is a very rigid material. 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. Since bone nuts are natural, they look sexy and retains the color of the bone itâs taken from. Extra slippery: TUSQ XL ® is impregnated with Teflon ® (500% more slippery than graphite). I often do this until a new guitar begins to open up and start to sound richer. 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. Tusq Nut vs Bone: Which Will Be Hailed as The Best Guitar Nut? The most common type is the standard nut that’s found on the majority of guitars at every price point. The nuts are made of different materials, including bone, fossil ivory, plastic (including Corian, Micarta, and Tusq), metal, graphite, brass, and ebony. -- Bob R I really like it but it is not very loud compared to other ukes at the jam and even my tenor laminated uke. Through this precise engineering, they are found to have better sustain, more volume and more consistent and effective than bone. Some people prefer the tone of fossil ivory over bone – but again others swear by bone. Which is better? Descriptions of the tonal change when replacing the nut and saddle from bone to Tusq range from subtle to fantastic. And, as the âking of nuts,â it offers a well-balanced tone, especially on open strings. The TUSQ vs Bone debate is extremely debated about on mlp and other forums.So bear with me if you get frustrated.. So, in other words, Tusq is denser and more consistent that bone. However, this will not always the case as the guitar sound doesnât only depend on the nut, but a lot of other factors. 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. AllroyPA LeftyStrategist. For more modern strat that's made up of more alder planks that help deaden the tone, the Tusq will brighten considerably. once a note is fretted, however, it makes no difference what the nut is made of, it's out of the equation. [/sesameStreet] with a bone nut, a Tusq nut, and an "ordinary plastic" nut, no question that the "ordinary plastic" would be odd man out. Guitar nut seems to be a tiny little thing thatâs just there to elevate the strings. Still, bone has proven its worth over the years. 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. Based on the specifications, Tusq and bone nuts are the same in terms of sustain, volume, and resonance. Tusq was an experiment I definitely won't repeat on the 160. Bone Nuts VS TUSQ Nuts. (If you’re feeling scientific, record the guitar’s sound to compare later.) Some players want to stick to a bone nut, while others want to try this modern nut material. I've heard the tusq is the way to go, but I would like some opinions on that. For a vintage strat, go with bone. Bone saddle and pins with my new Taylor 314CE. Bone or Tusq saddle/nut vs ebony So I've got this solid uke that I posted about last week. The tusq nut and saddle on my DN4 looked ratty after just a few months. In fact, renowned guitar makers like Taylor, Gibson, and Tacoma are now using Tusq nuts and saddles. Then switched to bone and the improvement was far better than either the urea or Tusq. Compensated Nut Graph Tech also makes a “TUSQ derivative” they call NuBone. Guitar makers and players agree...acoustic guitars come alive with TUSQ man-made ivory. if it ain't broke..... (You must log in or sign up to reply here. Overall, Tusq nut vs bone argument offers a lot more information to everyone. 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. Exactly.People put way to much importance on what the nut is made of.Bone,ivory,Tusk,Corian,Cyclovac,they're all similar. Since they are made from organic, real bones, there may be some inconsistencies and dead spots. Use boxwood pins to soften it a little more. It's as good as most, bone or otherwise. 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..
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