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Can you make your own Nut Sauce? – Lube those guitar nuts

Make your own Nut Sauce - Lube those nuts
Can you make your own Nut Sauce using three ingredients and lubricate your guitar nut? This YouTube video claims you can and we show you some common alternatives

Many guitarists use products like Big Bends Nut Sauce to lubricate their nuts. This prevents strings from getting stuck in the slots and helps keep guitars in tune when bending strings or tuning up. This YouTube video claims to have a recipe for making your own.

Nut Sauce

As a guitarist, you will probably have used or at least heard of products like Big Bends Nut Sauce. It comes in small or large syringes and is applied to any part of a guitar where a string could snag or rub, usually the nut and sometimes the bridge saddles and string trees, etc.


The main ingredients of the Nut Sauce recipe are Teflon and silicone in a proprietary base. It is very good at what it does and does not drip, run, or stain—making it perfect for guitars of any style or age.

Big Bends Nut Sauce 0.5 cc
Big Bends Nut Sauce 0.5 cc

Nut Sauce Alternatives

Good alternatives to Nut Sauce include a ChapStick applied using a cocktail stick, petroleum jelly (Vaseline), graphite powder/pencil lead (though messy), or products like lithium grease and synthetic white grease. Though each has pros and cons, these will work out far more cost-effectively.

Plus, as mentioned above, they require a way to apply them, usually a cocktail stick.

In the past, I made my nut lubricants using various recipes and bought empty syringes to apply them. They all worked out just fine, and I still have many tubes of my concoctions left from years of experimentation.

YouTube Nut Sauce Alternative Recipe

This YouTube video claims to have found a recipe for making a Nut Sauce alternative. However, it contains a water-based product, which might not be ideal for metal.

The Recipe

  • KY Jelly
  • 3-in1 Oil 
  • Lighter Fuel

We haven’t tried this recipe, so proceed with caution.

Nut Sauce Alternatives

There are otehr products on the market that do a simialr job to Big Bends. Including MusicNomad Lubricant and the Rene Martinez Graphit All Guitar Lube Set.

If you need help setting up your guitar be sure to read these guides we created to help.

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