TUSQ - Nuts, saddles and bridge pins

Why change your nut?

No matter what type of stringed instrument you have, the nut is one of the most important parts of the overall performance, playability and tone of your instrument. It is amazing the effect of upgrading this small part will have on the health of your instrument. When nuts are worn out or poorly constructed, problems such as string buzz, fretting out and tuning performance are just a matter of time.

Graph Tech precision molds and engineers its nuts to create the most consistent tone, string balance as well as precise string spacing to create the perfect piece for your instrument.

Different Materials.

Graph Tech has created specific materials so you can get the most our of your instrument. Whether you have an electric guitar or bass, acoustic, ukelele or mandolin, we have options for you.

TUSQb produces more harmonics in the mid and upper range of the guitars. TUSQ nuts, saddles and bridge pins have harmonically rich tone, without the inconsistency found in ivory, bone or other natural materials. Bone and Ivory have hard and soft spots (grain) throughout each piece, hampering consistent transfer of vibrations to the guitar top. TUSQ has been designed to transfer the right frequencies more efficiently from the strings to the guitars body.

TUSQ XL is designed to boost guitar tone and performance. TUSQ XL boosts harmonic content, increases tuning stability for big string bends, aggressive playing and/or heavy tremolo use all while keeping the vintage look of a white nut. TUSQ XL has the great tone of TUSQ, classic good looks and permanent lubrication.

Black TUSQ XL is permanently lubricated for improved tuning performance and boost guitar tone. These precision engineered nuts are made with a specially formulated material which couples the strings vibration to the neck and brings out the hidden harmonics and richness in every note.

NuBone is a derivative of TUSQ and has a lot of the same tonal characteristics. Like all Graph Tech materials, it is completely consistent from piece to piece and within each piece. NuBone has a very similar tone to TUSQ, not quite the volume or the hardness of TUSQ but at half the cost.

What is available?

Pre-slotted nuts: almost all of the work is done, all that is needed is final fit for length, height and thickness.

Nut blanks: nut blanks have some shaping done but slots slots will have to be cut as well as final fit for length, height and thickness

Nut slabs: nut slabs are simply a block of material that can be used to make the entire nut (or anything else) from scratch.

*Our nuts are engineered to accept string sets between 9-42 to 11-49 gauges on all electric nuts, 10-47 to 12-53 on acoustic nuts, and 40-95 to 50-105 on bass nuts, all without modification. Our materials can easily be modified to accept larger gauge sets with appropriate files.

Know your guitar's make & model? Check out out Ordering / Sizing Guide.