Let's see your nuts ! . . .

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Jena, Mar 4, 2019.

    . . ., brass, graphite, TUSQ, bone, ivory, ebony, plastic . . . and zero frets
    So, what do you got goin' on . . . nut-wise ?

    Jus' for the record, to get warmed up before my own jpgs can be put up . . .

    Brass nut on a PRS


    The PRS "stock" nut maybe is bone or plastic ?


    Brass nut on a Fender


    Many Fender even 'Made in USA' are plastic nuts.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2019
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  1. capnhiho

    capnhiho Gretschie

    Feb 16, 2013
    C049E9F0-2DBB-48D5-8AAC-5AD2D2E9CF48.jpeg Here’s the Jeff McKinnon bone nut I recently installed on my 2012 vintage 5420. It lay in my parts bin for years before I got ambitious enough to do the work. Big improvement over the crappy plastic original!
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  2. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013

    I dig brass
  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Aluminum on my '61 Danelectro Convertible.
  4. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Bone on mine but I have often wondered what to use instead to be as close to the fretted tone as possible. Is brass close to the fretted note tone?
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  5. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    Aluminum on Smith Special by TK Smith.
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  6. Limuz

    Limuz Gretschie

    Sep 8, 2012
    Axemasters Brass nut, loving it.

    WhatsApp Image 2019-03-01 at 07.48.47.jpeg
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  7. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I put a Zero Glide zero fret on my 5420T. After some problem solving I won the battle to make it work. It makes open notes/chords sound fretted..... because they are, in fact, fretted.
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  8. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    I really dig tone and the maximum reduced friction of the TusqXL. Meanwhile there is a „vintage“ version available that looks a lot like unbleached bone. Got it on my Thinline and it‘s great.
  9. Winterwind

    Winterwind Gretschie

    Dec 17, 2018
    London, Ontario
    My Danelectro 12 has an aluminum nut. I thought at first it'd be weird, and maybe it is, but I love this guitar. It's still in my hands more than my others and honestly, it's better than either of the Rics I owned. dano_dawn.jpg
  10. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    The overall leader for me is a well cut bone nut. Many times I'll leave a Corian one alone, and have also left a couple of stock graphite/Tusq ones unchanged, but generally any of the plastic ones will get swapped out for bone eventually if I'm going to hang onto a guitar that has one.

    I've got a couple w/ Zero Glides (5655T & DiPinto Mach IV) and have had a couple w/ brass (a retrofit on my since departed 5135 CVT and the original on my Electra) too. Also have a few builds that I've gone w/ the Fender LSR nut on.
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  11. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Ups....expected something kinky here...sorry.
  12. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    Compensated nut. It really only makes the slightest difference on open strings.


    My diy zero glide nut.

  13. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    TUSQ-XL. Nothing else for me :

    On my Gretsch and the like : PQL-6060-L0 (lefty version of the PQ-6060-L0)


    On my Fender and the like : PQL-5000-L0 (LH version of the PQ-5000-L0)


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  14. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Handmade brass nut on my 3140:

    3140 &3141 mods and upgrades 028.jpg

    Zero-fret on my 1962 SG Les Paul (mods done in 1968):

    1962 SG Les Paul 006.jpg

    Zero-fret on my 6120-1959-LTV-QM & 6134-1962FSR White Penguin.

    6120-1959LTV-QM 018.JPG 6134-1962FSR 006.JPG

    And Zero-frets on all my doublecut Jets.
  15. r0de0

    r0de0 Gretschie

    Jul 7, 2011
    Collingwood, ON Canada
    It's cold enough but the brass is still there...

    Brass nut.jpg
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    This is my BEFORE "nut mod" jpg . . .
    it is from the ebay listing photos of the Streamliner Jr. 2655 now in transit from NJ to CO.

    Typical Gretsch specs for nut blank are supposedly
    1 11/16" long, 3/16" thick, 5/16" tall (?)
    The above looks like a 1/4" thick to me though.

    In my previous Fender experience I had changed the nut or AT LEAST jus' filed bigger slots for my 3 P-bass . . .
    as I strung them B-E-A-D instead of the usual E-A-D-G stringing and its' smaller nut slot sizes.
    Brass and graphite TUSQ (?) that actually got filed and used, I did have a tiny precious ivory nut blank and maybe some bone blanks that never got filed or glued in.

    With softer materials - not metal - supposedly it is possible to have use sandpaper around string at nut to start some of the filing of a blank (?) I might try that with my upcoming Streamliner`Junior mods.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2019
  17. LongJohn

    LongJohn Gretschie

    Apr 22, 2016
    Queens, NY
    Brass on my 6120 de, stock and staying.
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  18. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Reminds me I have to make a follow-up appointment with my Urologist...........
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