Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Squier California Series Strat: New Aluminium Nut

Hi there folks :) It's been quite awhile since ole' Blackie's been up to anything, besides switching from 11s to 12s (and liking it). Anyhow, I'd always wanted to replace his stock plastic nut, and so began a series of experiments with various pre-slotted plastic and cow bone nut blanks in late February. But nope, it just was not happening. Then, after ruining my hacksaw blade on brass, I decided to try aluminium instead. Sorry, you won't find any aluminium nuts at Woh Fatt. Got to make them yourself. Took me about a week of sawing, filing, shaping, slotting, fitting, polishing and testing a couple of prototypes, before finally choosing a suitable candidate. Good buddy Izzat Jalil was the first to field test the new nut out on a gig at the Zenith Hotel in March, and reported that it was "sweet." Having tried it out at RF Musicworks and during rehearsals for the MSSM opening ceremony recently, I quite agree with Izzat. It's much smoother than the old nut, with more midrange and twang. Guess I'll be sticking with this one.

Photo Credits
Izzat Jalil at the Zenith - Don Quek.
Raptai Penuh Perasmian Pembukaan MSSM - Tengku Hisamuddin Tengku Mohamed.

Stock nut before surgery.

Stock nut after surgery.

Assortment of pre-slotted Strat nuts sourced from Woh Fatt and Kuantan Music.

One of the cow bone nut blanks (Woh Fatt) shaped and slotted by yours truly. Too bad this one broke in two.

Blackie's new aluminium nut.

Yes, there is a slight gap. I can live with that.

Izzat trying out Blackie's new nut (Zenith Hotel, March 2013).

Yours truly with Blackie
(Raptai Penuh Perasmian Pembukaan MSSM - Stadium Darulmakmur, May 2013)

Yours truly with Blackie
(Raptai Penuh Perasmian Pembukaan MSSM - Stadium Darulmakmur, May 2013)


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