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I am glad LMI sets a high standard in quality all around. I look forward to this project and many more knowing that a place like LMI exists with these standards.

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I hope LMI continues this tradition of high quality, it can be hard to find a place that values a high standard.

Great job
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Nuts & Saddles

   Bone nuts & saddles
  Black horn nut (NBHT) and saddle (SBHT)


The red aluminum Nut and Saddle Setup Gauge, SPNSG, has four troughs measuring depths of 1/32", 1/16", 3/32", and 1/8", plus the thickness of the gauge itself, 1/4", giving you a total of five different depths. MORE INFO

Bone is the material of choice these days for nuts and saddles. Its creamy smooth quality and natural denseness make it perfect both visually and mechanically. Another material now used for nuts and saddles is Corian®. Its appearance is very much like bone (a bit whiter), it expands and contracts like wood, and it has the advantage of non-porosity making it particularly useful for transducer-type pickup systems.

Unbleached bone often doesn't look much different than bleached bone. Because it is not bleached it is sometimes a bit denser. If you are looking for a darker vintage look you can soak the bone (better after it is shaped) in coffee, tea or potassium permanganate – an oxidizing agent that speeds up the natural aging process.

We have several useful sizes of bone from which to choose:

  • S0 is for the extra long slots of the old Martins™
  • S1 is medium height it 3/32" slots.
  • S2A (tall) saddles fit 3/32" slots.
  • S2 is medium height fit 1/8" slots.
  • S2B (tall) saddles fit 1/8" slots.
  • The special S3 is extra wide and tall to accommodate extra wide compensation or extra tall saddle height needs.

Our black buffalo horn nuts (NBHT) and saddles (SBHT) add a distinctive look to your instrument.

See a Nut & Saddle End View CHART
All dimensions listed are minimum dimensions. Sizes may vary slightly, but they will always exceed the minimum dimensions.
NutSaddleBoneShimsBSHIM500Bone shims, BSHIM, are useful for bumping the height of your nut or saddle to achieve a higher action when you don't have the time or wherewithal to make a new nut.

Robbie O'Brien shows
several fixes using bone shims.


Note: Due to United States Fish and Wildlife Service restrictions, we are unable to ship shell outside the U.S.A.

SKU Product Name In Stock Each 12+  
NF Nut, bone, 1/8" x 13/32" x 2 5/32"
Yes $3.78 $3.36
N0 Nut, bone, 5/16" x 13/32" x 2 3/16"
Yes $3.78 $3.36
N1 Nut, bone, 1/4" x 11/32" x 2 3/16"
Yes $3.78 $3.36
N2 Nut, bone, 1/4" x 15/32" x 2 9/16"
Yes $3.78 $3.36
N3 Nuts, bone, 1/4" x 13/32" x 2 1/4"
Yes $3.78 $3.36
S0 Saddle, bone, 5/32" x 15/32" x 4 3/32"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
S1 Saddle, bone, standard, 3/32" x 5/16" x 3 1/4"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
S2 Saddle, bone, 1/8" x 5/16" x 3 1/4"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
S2A Saddle, bone, 3/32" x 15/32" x 3 1/4"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
S2B Saddle, bone, 1/8" x 15/32" x 3 1/4"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
S3 Saddles, bone, wide, 7/32" x 15/32" x 3 1/4"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
S4 Saddle, bone, 1/8" x 3/8" x 3"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
SU Saddle, bone, long, 5/64" x 15/32" x 3 15/16"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
N0U Nut, unbleached bone, 5/16" x 13/32" x 2 3/16"
Yes $3.78 $3.36
N1U Nut, unbleached bone, 1/4" x 11/32" x 2 3/16"
Yes $3.78 $3.36
S0U Saddle, unbleached bone, 5/32" x 15/32" x 4 3/32"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
S1U Saddle, unbleached bone, 3/32" x 5/16" x 3 1/4"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
S2U Saddle, unbleached bone, 1/8" x 5/16" x 3 1/4"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
S2BU Saddle, unbleached bone, 1/8" x 15/32" x 3 1/4"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
S3U Saddle, unbleached bone, wide, 7/32" x 15/32" x 3 1/4"
Yes $3.73 $3.32
NC Nut, Corian™, 1/4" x 13/32" x 2 1/4"
Yes $1.94 $1.73
SC Saddle, Corian, 1/8" x 3/8" x 3"
Yes $2.10 $1.87
NBHT Nut, black horn, 19/64" x 27/64" x 2 15/64"
Yes $3.78 $3.36
SBHT Saddle, black horn, 5/32" x 13/32" x 4.0"
Yes $3.73 N/A
BSHIM Bone shim, 3.25" x .475" x .020"
Yes $2.78 $2.47

See our Nut & Saddle Files