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.
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, ebony, brass and mother of pearl.
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