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Mother-of-Pearl Nut Blank

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Often used on better banjos and mandolins for tonal brilliance as well as beauty. An extremely dense material that yields a bright tone and crisp response.

Fits Gibson® banjos, and mandolins.
1-1/4" x 5/16" x 3/16"
(31.75mm x 7.94mm x 4.76mm)


Instructions

Product Instructions

Making a Nut, Step-by-Step

Dan Erlewine, of Stewart-MacDonald's R&D Team, walks you through making and installing a new nut.

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3.0

Too small

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I thought the nut blank was for a guitar and turned out to be what looks like a mandolin blank. Otherwise it looks good

5.0

This puts my Japanese Ibanez F5 Copies over the top. 

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I have had better, and worse MOP nut blanks. I just restored a pair of late 70s early 80s Ibanez F5 style madolins, and used some of the Stewmac stock MOP blanks on hand. WOW! These instruments will actually give a real Lloyd Loar a run for it's money, and they may even beat The Gibson for tone, timber, and playability. I remember a certain famous bluegrass player named Bill Monroe playing an Ibanez F5 style mandolin, some time ago. $1700 vs $70,000. Which one would you take on the road? These are also fab for Banjos. The last banjo I put a Stewmac MOP nut on, well, why not upload an image? Recording King, made by Gibson, with Mastertone tone ring, and a genuine Bacon & Day mute. I made a plectrum neck for it, but have kept it set up as a Tenor for now.

5.0

It's a small but stunning touch!

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I had picked up a Deering Goodtime banjo to kick around and familiarize myself with the beginnings of banjo maintenance, upgrading, etc. It came with a plastic nut, and I had heard that MOP was a common nut material among the high end banjos back in the day so I decided to give it a day in court.

Wow! Tonally, it is perfect for a banjo, and just like upgrading a plastic nut on an acoustic guitar to bone, yielded an immediate improvement in the tone. As expected from my measurements, the nut was an almost-drop-in replacement for the plastic nut on my Deering Goodtime, though with generous extra height, needing only a touch of thicknessing to get it to drop in the slot. And when it polishes up, it's an absolute eye-catcher. There's just something about the gentle shimmer of the pearl as the light glances around it. The blank I received had variations of figure, as one would expect in a cut of shell this thick, but had some areas of extraordinary figure and depth on all faces. Even at its most plain areas, it's still remarkable. Best $10 upgrade you can make on a banjo, in my humble experience. Thanks, Stew-Mac crew!

I echo the other folks who wish that it could be supplied in larger blanks for use with other projects.

3.0

Peal nut

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I bought a pearl nut blank for my banjo. After the nut arrived, I realized that I needed a nut length of 1.280 instead of 1.250 (short by 1/32"). I wish the pearl nut blanks were longer!!

5.0

MOP Nut

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The material itself it great. Couldn't have asked for a nicer piece of MOP. I wish it was available in wider pieces for guitar and uke nuts. It is just a little too narrow at 1.25".

5.0

Fantastic nut material

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I have used MOP on my guitars and ukes for the last 2 years. MOP is strong, files well and looks absolutely fantastic- it really brings something special to your instruments. Watch for fault lines in the material while working it, sand to 1200 then buff.

5.0

MOP Mandolin Nut

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A perfectly nice piece of MOP. I am completely satisfied. Thank you,

4.0

MOP Nut

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I bought one of these for my newly refurbished old Ibanez Mando from the 70s (an F-5 copy), but haven't used it yet. I am surprised that it sounds like bone. I have not yet used it as I was tolled by another repairer, a bluegrass mandolinist, that it would sound too thin and annoying. I'll whack it in and see how it goes. Cheers mate. SB

5.0

Mother of Pearl nut

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Good stuff. Works about the same as bone but polishes up brighter and classier.



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