If/when I build a baritone out of nice wood, I think I'd like to upgrade the nut from all-thread, but since it is a steel guitar, I need more height than standard guitars.
Looking for proper materials, types, etc. Is metal best? I mean, I can use aluminum angle, a wood bridge, the usual bone or plastic, but I also want to minimize my work load. Plug/play is very nice, and all-thread is that in spades.
If I use all-thread, I wire-wheel the holy hell out of it to remove burrs and burnish it, and I do have a set of fret files to take the pitch out a bit.
James, all those materials described have been used as nuts & bridges successfully, peruse the older pictures a little & you’ll see? Bone & plastic take a little more finesse than others, but work great. Angle is very economical & not much work but smoothing out the ruff spots, so maybe your best bet? Also look at the wood bridge/nut from the cbgitty 2x4 kit?
These what you mean? I have 2 of them right now, but bridge will be hardtail.
So that style #3 (Kay) just gets trimmed down to width, and sets in a shallow channel, right?
Aluminum angle: https://cigarboxnation.com/photo/lap-steel-2-2/next?context=user
Yea , pretty much all electric guitars use that method. It seems to give more stability than just glued in place?It’s a late 40’s Valco made Grand model, the bridge has the same material that sits inside a channel?