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I've used bamboo flooring, inset with a fret and that works great. Never tried just a round piece but it seems like it would work fine in small diameters. I'd be afraid that just a "half round" piece may crack under string tension.
Bamboo is not a wood, its a grass. A really big grass though. The grain is more stringy than wood fibers. I have not tried it for bridge or nut but have cut some bamboo skewers to use as side markers. I found that in a small size they tend to splinter easily. This may be the case when used for a nut or bridge saddle. But hey get creative and try it out.
Thanks for all the responses. I think I will try it, as mentioned the worst that can happen is that it wont work and I'll trade it out for some other material. —Brendan
Yes. I believe you can heat the stuff up with a torch and it strengthens the fibers in some way..
I have used Tonkin Boo for a bridge. It has worked just fine. It was hardened. Heat the piece in the oven at maybe 300 fro 20 min. It is very tough stuff. I mad a triangular piece that sits on a piece of mahogany.
I've seen bamboo cutting boards for use in the kitchen that are supposed to be very strong and durable and a lot of the throw away chopsticks they have in Chinese restaurants are bamboo. My guess is it will work fine depending on how you use it.