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Date this web site was last edited:  12/06/2015







"Slip Stone" Nuts Works Like a Champ

by Palmer Moore

I had a Bigsby installed on my old '65 Gibson ES-335 (7 years ago) the day after Terry Efaw taught me how to play Mr. Sand Man and I found that I couldn't tremolo that last part of the tune (in C) were Chet threw in an A string harmonic sustain (at the 12th) and then rolled up a B chord  - and, THEN THE NEATEST "DIP" IN HISTORY!!!  From then on - I could do that special little dip...

However, every time I would use the Bigsby - some string would come out of tune.  Usually, the B string.  I found that this was a prevalent problem among electrics - especially thin bodied Gibsons.  I tried carbon and graphite in the nut.  I had a graphite bridge put on.  In that it was pretty evident that it was the nut that was "binding" the strings out of tune - I tried different nut material.  However, nothing ever seemed to work -and, me (and, most of my pickin' buddies) pretty much just lived with this issue - and, made sure that if we were going to use the Bigsby that we would make sure that it was near the end of a tune so that we could retune - soon.  

Then recently I caught wind of this new "Slip Stone" nut material through some chatter on the Fretboard between Paul Yandell and Rick Jenkins (great players.)   Called Stewart-MacDonald and ordered a few - and, had Phil Maneri (5th Ave Fret Shop) install it for me.  He called me while he was filing the slots and was already raving about how "slick" the material was.  His only complaint was that the composition was so soft that it was clogging up his files on one pass - however, that was an indication of how "slick" it was going to be.  And, slick is was.  

(We will be watching to see if they might wear out quickly - but, who cares...  I'm back to playing Sandman 20 times a day.... 8^)

My detuning problems are now a thing of the past...  I also realized that I had been avoiding "bending" my B string because it would come out of tune.  No longer a problem....  ANYBODY HAVING SIMILAR PROBLEMS SHOULD CALL STEWART MACDONALD IMMEDIATELY...

(800) 848-2273

Slip-Stone Nut - P/N 0222 (for Gibsons) - $3.99