Page 2 of 3

You want a better bearing surface? Here, try this one:

This one is so wide, there's unnecessary drag on the strings as they are tuned. There's over 1/4" of contact surface. Accurate tuning becomes more difficult because of the increased friction across the nut. It's even more of a drag because this one is made of plastic. Won't wear out very fast, though!

Lets have another shot of that ideal nut:

Notice the good bearing surface. Just about 3/16" of contact surface. This one will continue to look great and work well for a long while!

What could be better than a fine bone nut?
Well, a fine mother-of-pearl nut, that's what:

In the 1920s Gibson used mother-of-pearl on their highest model instruments. This mandolin nut not only looks swell, but the extra-hard pearl surface will last a lifetime! You don't often see mother-of-pearl nuts on production instruments because the material is both expensive and difficult to shape.



Back to Index Page