Originally posted by Hogie_gt
As to whether the nut and pins affect the sound, you can get varied opinions on that......Just go to the unofficial Martin Guitar Forum and read about that......
I guess I will forgo the time and expense. Save my money and put it towards the next guitar purchase. Upward and onward!
I wouldn't give up quite yet, hoagie....we're all pretty much in agreement around here that the saddle will make a difference. As for the nut, well, I would say there are instances in which it will make a difference. For example, how advanced are your playing skills? Do you play with first position chords or are you advanced enough that you're spending most of your time at or beyond the 5th fret? If you're a fan of the cowboy chords, as I call the first position chords, well, I believe that a bone nut will add some definition to the music, as the bone will more efficiently transmit the vibrations of the open strings to the neck, which will add some to the vibration of the body of the guitar. How significant will the difference be? Well, you're right, that's an issue of opinion, but I always replace the saddle and nut at the same time with the same material. One of the most common mod's for electric guitar players, particularly our semi-hollow body jazz boxes, is to replace the nut with bone. If it didn't make any difference, it would not be so common, now, would it?
Originally posted by Hogie_gt
Well, maybe the D11 will become a wall hanger.....it is a pretty looking guitar. If it aint pleasing to my ear, I wont play it....
Even if you decide not to do the nut mod, don't give up on the guitar yet. The saddle mod would make a bit of difference and it's not only the least expensive of the mods, it's the easiest to do for yourself. Try it and see if it makes the guitar adequate for a campfire guitar. I had an Epi AJ100, an all-lam guitar, that made a great campfire guitar, then I gave it to an aspiring musician who needed a better guitar than he had. I then pressed my WD32S into use as a campfire guit, then gave it away as a graduation gift to a friend's son. That left me in the position where the only guits I owned were all-solid wood, and I wasn't ready to subject them to the indignities of the campfire/camping regimen, so I bought an inexpensive (under $200)solid cedar top/laminate sides/back Washburn WMJ11S with the intention of using it as a campfire guitar....it turned out to be such a great guitar that I'm now looking for a DIFFERENT decent campfire guitar. For that, I really like an all-lam guit, I mean, somebody loses control of their beer bottle and it falls against the guit, no problem....they lose their footing and knock it over, no problem...it's hard to beat an all-lam guit for a campfire guitar, and the sound CAN be improved with some minor mods!!
Dugly [8D]YerDugliness, Esq./Post No Bills
Guitar Playin' FOOL, retired & attempting to age disgracefully!!
Washburns: WD32SW, D61SW, C124SW, and WMJ 11S
Other fine acoustic guitars by Breedlove (custom shop Revival Series 000), Darren Hippner (#506), Takamini (2005 LTD), Epiphone (Masterbilt AJ500RC), and Yamaha (G231-II)