Nut and Saddle
Replacing your factory nut with one made from bone or a quality synthetic material can be one of the best ways to improve your sound.
There are a number of other reasons why your instrument might really be in need of a new nut. Here are a few-
-The old slots are worn causing the strings to buzz on the first fret.
-It's made from cheap soft material and your tone is suffering.
-No tuning stability when tuning up or using tremolo or bending.
-The spacing is too narrow for the neck/not suitable for the player.
- Slots are too wide causing buzzing or pinging when bending.
-The guitar has been refretted and now requires a taller nut or
-You are converting a guitar for slide.
(I wont always recommend a new nut on a vintage guitar, instead, I'm able to restore worn string slots and keep your instrument original! )
For acoustic instruments, the saddle has even more influence on your sound as every note you produce passes through it and into the top.
Consider replacing the saddle if-
-It's a poor fit in the saddle slot and leans forward or falls out when changing strings.
-It's made from a cheap material like plastic which absorbs vibrations.
-If you would like to have very accurate intonation when playing up the neck, I can hand shape a saddle with individual string compensation unlike the mass produced saddles that don't get very close.
-The guitar has had a neck reset and needs a taller saddle or
-you would like to improve the tone or string balance when using an under saddle pickup system.
For nuts and saddles, I use bone, both bleached and unbleached for a vintage look, synthetic materials like TUSQ, TUSQ XL and Micarta and ebony, brass and mother of pearl.
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