Black Bone Nuts.

Black bone guitar nuts?

I’m a fan of bone nuts and they come standard on most of my builds. While finishing up the building of the first Spalted DMP-SN I determined that a white bone nut would wreck the visual flow between the black ebony fretboard and headstock.  So what do you do when you want a black nut but only bone will do?  You dye it thats what.   The picture to the left is what a polished white bone nut looks like after its been soaked in black dye for 30 days, cut, slotted, and then polished to a high sheen. In this case the 30 days was the time it took for the lacquered finish to off-gas which was enough time to let the dye penetrate very deeply into the bone. The black dye penetrated so deeply that I was able to file the string slots without exposing any of the white bone within its core.

2 Responses to Black Bone Nuts.

  1. herchekjustin August 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

    .nice work! I’m interested in doing this for my new acoustic. What type of dye did you use for the “bone” nut?

    • John Wallace August 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

      Hey thanks for looking. You can use leather dye or Trans-tint waterbed dyes.

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