View Poll Results: Which material for black nut and saddle?

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  • Ebony

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Thread: horn or ebony for black nut and saddle?

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    Default horn or ebony for black nut and saddle?

    For one of the kit builds that I'm planning, I'm going to want a black nut and saddle to tie the look together. I know I can get them in either ebony or black buffalo horn.

    Can anyone here compare the two materials for me vis a vis this particular application? I hear horn is soft - would it just mellow the sound a bit, or might the shape actually deform over time? Would ebony be the better choice? Is ebony harder? I've never worked with either material. Is there another choice in a black material I'm overlooking?

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    I have a Tenor with an Ebony nut and saddle. Looks and sounds great.

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    You’ll probably get the most responses to use a black graphtech nut and saddle. That said, I have 2 ukuleles that have ebony nut and saddles and one with a horn saddle. Supposedly, ebony is not a good material because it deadens the sound. I have not found that with my ukuleles.

    I have one ukulele that came with black horn nut and saddle. I swapped them out for bone, but I re-purposed the saddle to use in my KLOS ukulele to mellow it out a bit and to me it seems to be a good match.

    The ebony definitely seems to be harder.

    John

    Edit added: I didn’t take the poll because it depends on the uke.
    Last edited by 70sSanO; 03-24-2019 at 10:21 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    Supposedly, ebony is not a good material because it deadens the sound. I have not found that with my ukuleles..
    Agreed. There are a whole lot of vintage Martin owners out there that would laugh at the notion that ebony deadens their sound.
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    I put other. Brian griffin of Griffin ukes, uses the lower leg of a buffalo. He gets them from a buffalo ranch close by.

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    I can't really compare the two. I have had instruments with ebony that have sounded terrific, but have no experience with the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    You’ll probably get the most responses to use a black graphtech nut and saddle.
    This is exactly why I love these forums. I was probably looking in the wrong places, so never saw that TUSQ came in black.

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    Yep, my solid Mahogany Martin T1 IZ tenor came with a black TUSQ saddle.

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