Tricks and Tutorials – Guitar Nut Materials and Their Tonal Properties

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In this episode, Ben discusses various modern and traditional guitar nut materials and how each material affects the tone of the guitar on which it is fitted. Nothing to do with tone is an exact science but Ben outlines a few general rules to apply when considering the material for your nut.

Chapters
0:00 Introduction
0:05 The part different materials play in the tone – relatively small
1:55 Discussion of the different materials
7:33 Soft material gives a warmer tone but does not sustain well
Hard material gives a brighter more sustained tone
7:46 Much more important is the quality of the fitting, cut, set up
8:11 Conclusion
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50 Comments

  1. SSAB P on March 29, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Have a question here regarding replacing the not on say a Les Paul Well for that matter any Gibson or any particularly set in war will maybe not all neck through guitars are like this but was watching a video on replacing a nut and I have wondered about this myself on my les pauls replacing the nut Is quite a job .The way Gibson and other makers with set next possibly even neck through like Yamaha is that That butts against the neck
    and The scarf joint area of the head stock and neck is covered by paint . It seems as though it’s necessary to use a razor to Essentially score , trace The outline of the nut which means cutting into the paint job . So after replacing the nut What is the next step what process with regards to repairing this area ? Fill it in and gently buff it down ?

  2. Daddy1724 on March 29, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    just listen to 3:59 to 4:05 its insane sentence and how he did not laugh?

  3. maev _ on March 29, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    “let’s talk about ~nuts~ 😌😌”

  4. SSAB P on March 29, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Another good video by crimson King Crimson . Just have to say one Other thing without getting into technicals and the actual content of video . This discussion about nuts is actually getting rather funny !

  5. Shane on March 29, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    very informative! thank a lot big help!

  6. Lyd Mo on March 29, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    I’ve been searching for an actual comparison between bone and plastic and synthetic nut on an archtop guitar. All the old jazz guys swear by bone nuts. I didn’t really believe it until today.

    I have many guitars, but this pertains to two similar guitars. Ibanez AF95 ($659) and Ibanez AF155 ($1000). Both are 2018 models, both in new, mint condition. Both have the same electronics, including the same pickups (Super 58 Customs). I checked the specs on Ibby website, and there are slight differences, most all are cosmetic, with two exceptions. The AF155 comes with a bone nut and a wood bridge. The AF95 comes with a metal Tune O Matic bridge and a plastic nut. If you’re familiar with the AF line from Ibby, you’ll now that the 95 and the 155 are the same size. But here’s the interesting part. The AF155 sound better acoustically as well as plugged in. I don’t get it. Same wood, same fretboard, but different nut and bridge. Can this difference be attributed to he nut material?

  7. Purple Eyes Everywhere on March 29, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    bro you sound like you ride a horse but look like you ride a steel horse

  8. Neal Dewar on March 29, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks this is were I come to ground myself after listening to know fuck all.

  9. Roine Rov on March 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    This is nuts… It sucks the tone off the sustain of the g-string and the rest if the nut is too soft…while a very HARD material is very bright and jolly in comparison…

  10. Ryan Saeger on March 29, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    I want a self lubricating nut, just as a conversation starter lol.

  11. Runnningonempty on March 29, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    NO FLAPPY HOLES!!

  12. Doug H. in VA on March 29, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    all his pronouncements and attitude and bad sound on a video tells me … skip it.

  13. Cuda FX on March 29, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    this sounds whack. but brass and steel, held in by compressed raw hide, gives you vintage mellwness, with no loss in sustain. (just keep the hide dry and alcaline)

  14. Runnningonempty on March 29, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    YOU SURE TALK ABOUT NUTS A LOT!…WARM ONES TOO….YUCKY

  15. Ricardo A on March 29, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    sound test ?

  16. The Alchemist on March 29, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Video starts

    "Lets talk about nuts"

    Me: I ALREADY LIKE THIS VIDEO!

  17. Europa on March 29, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    I wish a nut would give the same tonal characteristic as a fretted string so open notes and fretted notes sounded the same.

  18. markawestern on March 29, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    I fell asleep and then dreamed that I fell asleep again…

  19. John Simms on March 29, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Nice review. I believe a steel nut sounds better than a brass one.

  20. Robert Clark on March 29, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Diamond nut? Hmmmmm

  21. Rand H on March 29, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for some basic info AND VALUABLE COMPARISONS of types, including general overview of hardness and tone. Ivory is advertised but, as with all other types, not classified re. hardness.
    A comment would be welcome about clearances betw. strings and board. My beginners’ mandolin had a gap so big it was painful and difficult to depress strings. I filed the notches and now strings are < 0.12mm, a bit more than intended. Testing will tell if excessive, but gap must be superior to the original.

  22. strat cat71 on March 29, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    I believe the theory on softer is warmer. But the less sustain is arguable. Not everyone is looking for brighter either….

    I currently have a MIM Tele with the plastic nut and it sounds just fine!

    No issues at all!

  23. John sweda on March 29, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    What’s aluminium like what about perspex can you get perspex

  24. Alex Bravo on March 29, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Shut the fuckkkk up… Dick head 😡😠😠😠😠😠

  25. Musikus 70 on March 29, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    What about nylon? On my Les Paul there is a nylon nut

  26. JinaSolo on March 29, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Some sound examples would really help with this talk…

  27. Zinngeschrei Trio on March 29, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    What grade of Brass is (Bell Brass) ?

  28. Daniel Richard on March 29, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    what is the purpose of the scallops soundwise?

  29. TheNeonRabbit on March 29, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Primary camera dead?

  30. Iamadroid on March 29, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Has anyone ever cut a nut from desert ironwood? I want to try it.

  31. Jon Matthews on March 29, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Brass will wear surprisingly fast if you use a tremolo.

  32. buggzo on March 29, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Nuts are awkward

  33. Boudreau Guitars on March 29, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    LOL, the good old days of Crimson

  34. russell hill on March 29, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you, very helpful.

  35. zepp3lin on March 29, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    I’m a Floyd guy all my life so brass nut make more sense to me for my Strats and Les Paul.

  36. stinkywizzleteets on March 29, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    I wonder about nylon nuts. Didn’t Les Pauls use nylon back in the 1950s? It’s very hard stuff, and not easy to work I’ve been told.

  37. moi même on March 29, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    How is aluminum for a nut?

  38. Yanuar Pribadi on March 29, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    lets talk about NUTS

  39. DreidMusicalX on March 29, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Lately I have been upgrading my guitars to Brass nuts and Brass saddles with a nice Brass block in the bridge. The saddles I have been doing them as roller saddles which helps a lot! I’m also going to either try to find a roller nut made of brass, or I might custom make one.

  40. Joe Caner on March 29, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    I had a LP with a brass nut.
    I hate it. The strings would always bind.
    I had a bone nut install and was much happier with the tuning stability.

  41. Bruno Miranda on March 29, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    I’m gonna get my graphite lubricant. Here, hold my nuts!

  42. Brendagrady32 on March 29, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Glass nut???

  43. TheNeonRabbit on March 29, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Damn, Ben. Your stage presence has come a long way since 2012

  44. Enzo the Commissioner on March 29, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Deeez Nuts

  45. redrock1963 on March 29, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    It would now be great to hear about ZERO frets because they replace the nut to become the "open" position tone point leaving the nut to be just a guide.

  46. Rand H on March 29, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Would like you to talk about depth of the cuts and setting best distance of strings to fretboard.

  47. Jed Fiekel on March 29, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Gonna be "hard" to get out of the gutter on this video… Lmao

  48. Erg Gjo on March 29, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    What if u change the frets to bone as well. Will that sound any better?

  49. monkeysbum999 on March 29, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Nobody wants a flappy hole

  50. Levi Jesse Gonzalez on March 29, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Nuts of Steel

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