Part 4: Cracking Thor’s Nut
OK, So… Your frets are metal. Your tuning machines are metal. Your bridge is metal. And your nut is… eh… plastic? Bone? Or some kind of synthetic material resembling bone?
The nut we use for Thor is made of laser-cut stainless steel, buffed to perfection. It matches the sonic and mechanical properties of Thor’s stainless-steel frets.
We start as usual with a CAD design.
Trivia: Did you know that nut notches are not equally spaced? Interestingly, when the strings are equally spaced, they do not feel equally spaced. The thicker bass strings appear to be crammed together. We take that into account. Here’s our CAD design:
We send the design over for laser-cutting. We use type 316 stainless steel:
We fine-shape the nut and incorporate a slight downward slope into the slots. Before buffing, we sand the nut with progressively finer grit sand paper.
Trivia: These nuts were created ten years ago while working on the Alpha prototype. Along with it, there are some blunders, such as these laser-cutting failures: