Unbleached Bone Nuts

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Our unbleached bone is harder than bleached bone, and has a mottled cream vintage look. Its hardness and density contributes to good tone, it polishes well, and it allows more precise slot filing.

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For Fender® guitars and basses
LENGTH x HEIGHT x THICKNESS
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Unbleached Bone Nuts For Fender, blank

For Fender, blank

Blank
1-7/8" x 9/32" x 1/8"
(47.63mm x 7.14mm x 3.18mm)
Item # 6000-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$4.22

12 or more $3.63
24 or more $3.12
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Unbleached Bone Nuts For Fender, 7-1/4" radius

For Fender, 7-1/4" radius

Shaped
1-45/64" x 3/16" x 1/8"
(43.26mm x 4.75mm x 3.18mm)
7-1/4" (184.15mm) top and bottom radius
Item # 6001-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$9.48

12 or more $8.15
24 or more $7.02
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Unbleached Bone Nuts For Fender, 10" radius

For Fender, 10" radius

Shaped
1-45/64" x 3/16" x 1/8"
(43.26mm x 4.75mm x 3.18mm)
10" (254mm) top and bottom radius
Item # 6002-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$9.48

12 or more $8.15
24 or more $7.02
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For Gibson® guitars, basses, banjos, and mandolins
LENGTH x HEIGHT x THICKNESS
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Unbleached Bone Nuts For Gibson, blank

For Gibson, blank

Blank
2-3/16" x 7/16" x 3/16"
(55.56mm x 11.11mm x 4.76mm)
Item # 6010-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$5.96

12 or more $5.13
24 or more $4.41
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Unbleached Bone Nuts For Gibson, shaped, 1-5/8" length

For Gibson, shaped, 1-5/8" length

Shaped
1-5/8" x 21/64" x 3/16"
(41.28mm x 8.33mm x 4.76mm)
12" (304.8mm) top radius
Item # 6011-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$11.95

12 or more $10.28
24 or more $8.84
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Unbleached Bone Nuts For Gibson, shaped, 1-45/64" length

For Gibson, shaped, 1-45/64" length

Shaped
1-45/64" x 21/64" x 3/16"
(43.26mm x 8.33mm x 4.76mm)
12" (304.8mm) top radius
Item # 6012-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$11.95

12 or more $10.28
24 or more $8.84
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For Martin® and classical guitars
LENGTH x HEIGHT x THICKNESS
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Unbleached Bone Nuts Martin-style blank

Martin-style blank

Blank
2-3/16" x 7/16" x 1/4"
(55.56mm x 11.11mm x 6.35mm)
Item # 6020-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$6.75

12 or more $5.80
24 or more $4.99
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Unbleached Bone Nuts For Martin, shaped, 1-13/16" length

For Martin, shaped, 1-13/16" length

Shaped
1-13/16" x 3/8" x 1/4"
(46.04mm x 9.53mm x 6.35mm)
18" (457.2mm) top radius; angled bottom
Item # 6022-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$12.25

12 or more $10.53
24 or more $9.06
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Unbleached Bone Nuts For Martin, shaped, 1-13/16" length, flat bottom

For Martin, shaped, 1-13/16" length, flat bottom

Shaped
1-13/16" x 21/64" x 1/4"
(46.04mm x 8.33mm x 6.35mm)
18" (457.2mm) top radius; flat bottom
Item # 6023-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$12.25

12 or more $10.53
24 or more $9.06
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Details

Our unbleached bone is harder than bleached bone, and has a mottled cream vintage look. Its hardness and density contributes to good tone, it polishes well, and it allows more precise slot filing.

Stewart-MacDonald is your source for quality bone!
Bone is traditionally preferred for making nuts and saddles on quality instruments.

Blank nuts have oversize length and height, for custom shaping in your shop. They're ready for trimming, filing, sanding and slotting.

Preshaped nuts will save you a LOT of work — a head start for the novice builder, and a bonus for the busy repair shop where time is money! The dimensions have been carefully researched, and minor trimming, slotting, and sanding are all that's needed to fit most popular guitars.


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Ratings & Reviews

Unbleached Bone Nuts

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unbleached bone nut

By Drew Leitch from Lewes,De.
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 13, 2014


the blank was perfect and easy to work with.

Great Product

By jtrimble62 from Summerville, SC
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Much harder than bleached bone. I try to get all my customers to use unbleached bone.

Unbleached Bone Nut

By Red Fox Guitars from Albert Lea, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 02, 2014


Great product well worth the cost. You may get one that is white and yellow, so you'll have to decide which spot to use or sand away. I will buy more of these.

Added tone

By Old Hoss from Loudon, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 29, 2014


A bone nut is not as critical as a bone saddle for good tone, but it definitely improves tone over plastic or Tusq nuts. It is the second most important thing you can do to improve tone. The third is bridge pins. Bleached or unbleached bone makes no difference on tone, only changing looks. Adding a bone nut is harder than adding a bone saddle due to the precision needed to shape and tune the nut for optimum playing. Anyone can put on a bone saddle, but not everyone can install a bone nut. It takes some skill to optimize the string depth. If you or a friend can install it correctly, it is worth every penny.

Beautiful

By Washington from New York City
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 04, 2013


Excellent quality that brought an old worn out Gibson back to life.

Going nuts over nuts

By rick's musical services from CA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 14, 2013


After years and years of trying different materials for making nuts from synthetics to alloys and bone. Short of using ivory (which I don't use of course) man, I got to say go back to bone, it stands as alone. For long term quality of tone and last-ability, BONE. Given a choice bleached to unbleached. If color is an issue, bleached,if longevity is what you seek and not the color or shade, unbleached. I don't mean to sound repetitive, But they got it right in the early days, The masters used, you got it. BONE. Back to basics, back to bone. You'll never know the difference until you've had it...Cheers RS

great parts

By drnavey from florence, sc
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 23, 2013


reliable, consistent, quality parts. bone pieces are dense and color is generally solid cream with some butter-colored grain. be careful - cats and dogs won't leave you alone while you're carving/sanding bone pieces!

Unbleached Bone Nuts

By sneauxman from Aurora, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Great tone enhancement and vintage look.

Nuts Are Supposed To Be Bone

By Steve C. from KS.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 04, 2013


This nut blank was just what my guitar needed. Sustain improved dramatically and dense bone polishes up very nicely. Highly recommended.

Color fits in

By Scott Reeves from Simsbury, CT
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 14, 2013


A recent flamenco blanca build didn't need the Pepsodent smile of bleached bone. The unbleached nut and saddle are subtle and blend in well.

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