Mother-of-Pearl Nut Blank

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Mother-of-Pearl Nut Blank

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Mother-of-Pearl Nut Blank

About This Item

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)


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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It's a small but stunning touch!

(Customer's Reviews)

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.


Peal nut

(Customer's Reviews)

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!!



(Customer's Reviews)

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".

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