This material sands very nicely. Tusq XL nuts on the other hand are self lubricating, so offer improved tuning stability without having any maintenance. ... though I find Tusq hard plastic to be okay. In what way? DON'T MISS A BEAT, sign up for StewMac news, Cyber Monday Sale! I really like them all as each shines inits own right. Fully compensated, 2-13/16" x 5/16" x 1/8"
Is it worth it to install a guitar nut and saddle made out of TUSQ bone into my Yamaha FG730S? Many think that it conveys vibrations to an under saddle transducer better than bone. Bone is bright, but compared to Tusq the tone is cleaner and separation is better. It worked exactly like it was supposed to. I have a membership for 1-year that gives me free shipping with other benefits. I really like them all as each shines inits own right. In what way? Tusq saddle: Clear, brittle highs, good mids, not quite as strong in the bass. TUSQ is simply more efficient at transferring vibrations to your guitar top, resulting in big open lows and clear bell like A dear friend gifted me a sweet sounding old Yamaha, about 40 years old. Fully compensated, 3-1/32" x 7/16" x 1/8"(76.71mm x 11.43mm x 3.15mm)14" (355.60mm) top radius, 2-13/16" x 13/32" x 1/8"(71.12mm x 9.98mm x 3.10mm)12" (304.80mm) top radiusCompensated for B string, 2-7/8" x 7/16" x 1/8"(73.15mm x 10.92mm x 3.25mm)10" (254.00mm) top radiusFully compensated. Graphite tends to be too soft for my tastes, though I find Tusq hard plastic to be okay. Will the sound drastically change? I don't know what my old saddle was made of, but I suspect it was just plastic, as it had a much lower-pitched and dull sound. Tusq is definitely louder than plastic but not as loud as bone. [/quote'] Well that definitely is a problem if the only ground wire is going from the control cavity to the TOM. Thanks, Stewmac. All items were delivered in a timely manner and all met my expectations. While the difference between the two isn’t as pronounced as going from a cheap plastic nut to a bone or Tusq nut, there are definitely some advantages with Tusq. Guitar makers and players agree...acoustic guitars come alive with TUSQ man-made ivory. Haven't noticed any problems whatsoever with my pickups using the bone saddles. One of Tusq's selling points is that, as a synthetic, it can be made more consistent than bone, which is a natural material. Of all the man-made nut materials, Corian is my fave - super dense and extremely uniform, and it comes in lotsa colors, and if you use 2" square kitchen counter top samples you can make yer own nuts for free. Nevertheless, if the Tusq picks do not wear too much compared to the others, well then I would have to say these are my favorites. I have built a UKE, a MEGATAR, and an ACOUSTIC GUITAR, and bought "everything" from STEWMAC. I think they do sound brittle at the beginning--as opposed to micarta. The improved version of the classic Fender Strat Bridge, The most consistent, top quality Strat® replacement body on the market today. the nut had been lowered so low that even the extra notch under the bridge pin was not enough to give it enough angle. (73.81mm x 10.32mm x 2.78mm)
I suspect that far more pickup and acoustic tone trouble is caused when the saddle isn't cut evenly and/or doesn't fit the slot properly. An Unofficial forum for those who love Martin instruments - Founded by Steve Stallings. Whether that difference is better or worse is highly subjective to the player. Build the pedal that redefined overdrive. They claim it's for consistency purposes, but as you say, they seem to be pretty consistent. Bone saddle: Rounder highs (looses its brittleness), good mids, deep throatier bass response. I replaced Tusq saddles with bone in all of my Taylors and a Tacoma EM9, all with good results, but I left the Micarta saddle in my 000-15 because I love its tone as it is. Latest reviews Search resources. I hope not opening a can of warm with this topic , but I noticed that the 912ce Terry Wollman was holding in the picture on W&S Summer 2012 had a Tusq saddle instead of a bone one standard for 9xx series.Initially I thought that he might have a different pickup system on it, but in the W&S interview he said that he used the ES to record his solo guitar track on his new album. Do bone and ivory saddles need to be broken in to remove brittleness? Tusq Picks Choosing one over the other as my prefered pick is quite difficult. At the same time, many of the Taylor guys (whose guitars come with TUSQ saddles) recommend changing out the TUSQ saddle for bone. Current visitors. No different than TUSQ saddle for responsiveness. More "Tayloresque" in tone. My 000-15 still has its original Micarta saddle because I really like the tone as is. No different than TUSQ saddle for responsiveness. TUSQ is an advanced polymer that's formed under high heat and pressure for uniform density. They had "everything" that I needed. 16" (406.40mm) top radius
Tusq is certainly more balanced than bone, but bone seems to add a certain character to the sound that is different than Tusq. After doing some sanding to reduce the height of the saddle, I also had to sand the thickness down just a bit, the guitar plays and sounds so much better!Tip: before you order, check the guitar model to get the exact dimensions, so you can order the right size.Thanks StewMac! Nevertheless, if the Tusq picks do not wear too much compared to the others, well then I would have to say these are my favorites. No problem. I had one (1) small item that I did not recieve and they sent another at no charge. No problem. Final trimming required; please measure your bridge slot before ordering. Thanks Stewmac! As to how much it changed the tone of the guitar, it's difficult for me to say because the old strings were dull anyway. (71.42mm x 7.94 x 3.175)