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Old July 15th, 2017, 09:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ultimate Nut and Saddle Lubricant

Hello out there.
I'm new to this Forum and thought I would give you all a gift. As a guitar player and, among other things, a chemist who would rather make my reagents than purchase them especially when my formulations are better.

The following is a recipe to make the ultimate nut and Saddle Lubricant.

This Lubricant really works, is water resistant, does not damage the nut (made of bone, Ivory, polymer,...)* and will last longer than your strings.


[ ] LanoLube

[ ] Ballistol

[ ] Graphite Powder (fine)
Any brand of fine graphite Powder will do.

1. Heat LanoLube to liquid
2. Mix 1 volume of Ballistol with 2 volumes of warm liquid LanoLube then remove from heat
3. While mixture is still liquid stir in 1/4 volume of Graphite Powder until homogenous.
4. Let cool to room temperature

Keep the resulting viscous Lubricant in a closed wide mouth glass container (e.g. a shoe polish jar).

Application Tool:
Cut 4" lengths of (old) strings of the desired gauges (e.g. .009" - .046") leaving the end ferrule attached.
Attach the strings in gauge order onto a metal key ring by their ferrules.

0. Clean the nut slots with Naphtha and Polish the saddle grooves with fine metal polish or 1500 grit sandpaper then clean with Naptha before applying Lubricant if necessary.

1. Dip 1/8" length of each string in room temp Lubricant and pass thru the nut slot and over the saddle groove for each gauge of string (i.e. pass the .0010" lubricated string thru the 1st - high E nut slot and over the saddle groove).

2. Now attach a new set of strings to your guitar as usual. After stretching and tuning up simply wipe away any excess exposed Lubricant.

*This Lubricant is actually good for bone nuts keeping them from drying out and becoming brittle over time.

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Old July 18th, 2017, 08:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds interesting! I've made a more redneck version myself, I just mixed a little petroleum jelly with graphite powder and came up with a similar mixture that seems to do the job.
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Old July 21st, 2017, 09:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm with you Stan-the petroleum jelly with graphite powder from-pencil lead-has worked for many years as well

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Old July 21st, 2017, 11:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That makes 3 of us!! It cost me 2 bucks for a tube of graphite powder and the petroleum jelly was lying around the house
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