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Who here has experience to pass on with Graph Tech (or other) replacement nuts?

 

There has been a fair amount of talk of how crappy the nuts are on most new guitars, even Gibsons. I've recently bought two new guitars, an Epiphone Casino and a Gibson Les Paul, and both of them need nut work. The Casino may be able to be saved by some careful filing but the Les Paul needs a new nut, mainly due to the slot spacing being wonky from the factory.

 

How is the quality of the pre-grooved Graph Tech nuts? Do they generally need a fair amount of filing all around before using or are they good to go with just filing the bottom for overall height?

 

For the cost of having a good local luthier replace one nut, I can buy a set of nut files and a couple pre-grooved nuts. In the week or so that my guitar would sit waiting for attention at the shop, I could spend a few hours learning about nut filing on YouTube and If the radius of the Graph Tech nuts is good to start with, maybe I don't even need the nut files.

 

 

So, are the pre-grooved replacement nuts any good?

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I've put some thought and research into this too. I have heard other guitarists and a couple luthiers complain about Gibson nuts. I know I am a little disappointed, because for the money I paid for my R9, the least they could do is save me the grief of going out of tune and hearing the string get stuck in the nut. I had nut work done once and now the problem is slowly creeping back. As for new nuts, you are better off buying bone like dem00n said because it is something that many luthiers and guitarists are familiar and confident with. Something you don't want to happen is you buy and install some gimmicky nut like a Tusq or the Earvana or whatever and it turns out to be a complete piece of junk. I plan to change out my nut soon (depending on if I try to get a Historic Makeover), and when I do I will probably just have my luthier install a bone nut.

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I've put some thought and research into this too. I have heard other guitarists and a couple luthiers complain about Gibson nuts. I know I am a little disappointed' date=' because for the money I paid for my R9, the least they could do is save me the grief of going out of tune and hearing the string get stuck in the nut. I had nut work done once and now the problem is slowly creeping back. As for new nuts, you are better off buying bone like dem00n said because it is something that many luthiers and guitarists are familiar and confident with. Something you don't want to happen is you buy and install some gimmicky nut like a Tusq or the Earvana or whatever and it turns out to be a complete piece of junk. I plan to change out my nut soon (depending on if I try to get a Historic Makeover), and when I do I will probably just have my luthier install a bone nut. [/quote']

 

Every nut I've replaced it's been with bone and loved the upgrade to my sound and tuning. You won't be sorry.

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My Casino came with a toy nut, saying plastic nut does not begin to describe how crappy this thing is.

 

I am going with bone but i am paying to get it done. Fossilized ivory is the way to go really but with trade restrictions you have to be careful not to buy anything illegal.

 

Casinos have a 1.62" nut width, it is hard to find a precut nut that is a direct drop in.

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After my doberman pitcher's castration' date=' we purchased him a couple of replacement nuts made from tempered glass. They really looked natural and nobody could tell... oh...sh!t... We're talking about guitars aren't we. Sorry. [/quote']

 

Tempered glass seems a bit harsh. I can just hear them clacking as he walks.

You should have tried these guys for replacements: http://neuticles.com/

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It's Real Easy to Do. Tapped my old one off. Used Carpenters Glue and a Clamp

 

and it Turned out Nice with This Brass one I got off of Ebay for 8.00 Dollars.

 

No More Pinging or Hangin up and it Brightened The Tone up, but I lost Some Lows.

 

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I'd Say Get a Few and Try-em out. Just Remember Most are Cut for 9-42's or 48's

 

and Anything Heavier will Require Some Cutting.

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For a Doberman shouldn't they be brass?

 

For a guitar, Bone is the only way to go, that's the first and often only upgrade I do to every guitar I buy for myself to play. I cut and make my own and it's not to hard if you can get past the smell of cutting and sanding the bone blanks. Fossilized Mammoth Ivory is legal to own and use, it makes a great nut also but I honestly can't hear enough of a difference to justify the cost of Mammoth in most guitars.

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Who here has experience to pass on with Graph Tech (or other) replacement nuts?

I just got the nut on my LP Studio replaced. I let my local guitar workshop do it - they're not expensive; I can have maybe four nut replacements for the cost of the required tools.

 

The new nut is a Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL. It's the best thing I could do for that guitar, everything about it is good IMO, sound, tuning stability and looks. Having a black nut makes the guitar look so much better - when I see a white one now, it looks kind of ugly (jarring, disjointed, as if the headstock isn't part of the guitar...). The sound and sustain is, if anything, better than with the original nut. I'll eventually replace the nuts on all my guitars with Black TUSQs.

 

Much as I love my LP, I have to admit that the original nut was absolutely crap. Was far too high so I got a filing job on it, then the slots became too deep, and the high strings were pinched making tuning a pain. The material also felt and looked cheap. Did I mention that it was ugly too? ;-)

 

DJ

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