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jefe46
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State of Jefferson

May 8th, 2019 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not likely...
Must consider their political bent..
Save the baby narwhals etc.

I would suggest they have richlite narwhal end pins. Part of the "re imagined" series.

littleuch
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Florida

May 8th, 2019 09:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well I ordered a set of John Pearse 80/20's, a set of Snakewood bridge pins, a bone saddle and nut. I'm sure it'll sound....different. :-]


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May 8th, 2019 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Unicorn Tusk nut and saddle rule. Fossilized Tyrannosaurus Rex is best for more aggressive playing styles. Giraffe shin bone is rather dense and would be popular here, with all the references to the critter.

jvstratman

USA

May 8th, 2019 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I made a few ebony nuts from blanks purchased from Bob Colosi. Ebony is really hard to file slots. Ironically, I find it more dificult to work with than bone. So far, I have ebony nuts on an OM28v, 000-28vs, and 64 lgo. All have bone saddles and ebony pins. The tone is deep and rich even though the ebony nut is only in play on open strings. Ymmv

littleuch
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Florida

May 8th, 2019 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting...I never heard of using ebony for nut material.

I still don't know whether to file jefe's "fossilized narwhal penis" comment along with hushnel's Unicorn/Tyrannosaurus suggestion.

jvstratman

USA

May 8th, 2019 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Martin OM-18 authentic 1933 comes with an ebony nut and they sound amazing. Not sure how many models or years martin used ebony nuts but it was a thing.

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

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May 8th, 2019 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I never heard of using ebony for nut material."

Martin used it on their "budget" 17 series all mahogany guitars before WW II. They also use it (therefore) on their reissue 00-17 Authentic 1931.

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May 8th, 2019 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a nice piece of fossilized Manatee that came out of the Suwannee River that polished up like stone. It’s color pattern is similar to Tortoise Shell.

I’ve used fossilized mammoth tusk but wasn’t happy with the results.

littleuch
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Florida

May 8th, 2019 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

My knowledge on acoustics is pretty limited.

jvstratman

USA

May 8th, 2019 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice video of ebony nut Martin

OM-18 Authentic 1933

littleuch
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Florida

May 8th, 2019 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeowza, that OM is a beauty, love that body shape. The top is not unlike the color of my D17M.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 8th, 2019 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Trad violins (violas, cellos, and basses too) have always had nuts made of ebony for hundreds of years. Some used ivory, shell, and other similar materials.

budg
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ohio

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May 8th, 2019 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I make my nuts out of unicorn tears. Just saying.

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May 8th, 2019 05:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Back many, many years ago when I was in school, I worked in a mountaineering shop where we sold cross country skis--many of them made in Scandinavia. Several models had a hardened edge material called "lignostone." You don't hear that much about it anymore. But it is a compressed/aged/treated material from the beech tree. It actually is close to a petrified wood in consistency/density; exceedingly hard. I wonder if anyone has tried it (historically) to use as a nut or saddle material. Sure seems like it would do the job.

jefe46
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State of Jefferson

May 8th, 2019 06:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Finns (Finland) invented "torrefied" wood.
many years ago.
Used in skis, furniture and guitars.
They also added another twist, sub zero freezing then heating.
Nothing is new.

They also made use of reindeer parts. : ).

littleuch
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Florida

May 9th, 2019 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, the cheap bone nut I ordered through Scamazon got here in 1 day. Turns out it really is bone, and made a nice *tink* when dropped. I removed the old plastic nut, measured it up, sanded and installed. String spacing is right, even the string slots took very little canoodling. I love it when things work out. Saddle and pins should be here on Saturday.

jefe46
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State of Jefferson

May 9th, 2019 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Any change in the sound/tone?

Narwhal nuts... that's it narwhal nuts.

littleuch
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Florida

May 9th, 2019 05:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Same strings so the optimal A/B conditions. My perception is the bone nut sounds better, even when I don't hit open strings. So, no....probably not. :-)

littleuch
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Florida

May 11th, 2019 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bone saddle in, Snakewood pins in, John Pearse strings on. Man I had to take a lot of material off of the saddle and had to ream the string holes to fit the new pin taper. Shined up the frets with some 0000 steel wool, oiled the fretboard and I'm digging it. Seems a little tighter and louder, doesn't get unruly with hard strumming. Of course this could be 90% strings, but I feel better about it shedding the plastic and all.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 11th, 2019 09:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

A good bone nut beats a cheap plastic one every time.

Nice work!

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