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Graph Tech TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8" 

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If you have a high quality acoustic or vintage guitar, you owe it to yourself to hear the difference a TUSQ saddle will make. Compared to standard ma...Click To Read More About This Product

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If you have a high quality acoustic or vintage guitar, you owe it to yourself to hear the difference a TUSQ saddle will make. Compared to standard materials, you'll hear crystal clear bell-like high end, big open lows, and a noticeable increase in overall sustain.

TUSQ saddles are designed to transfer the right frequencies more efficiently from the string to the guitar body, and have been proven to increase a guitar's harmonic sustain. Acoustic guitars come alive with delicate highs and big open lows!

TUSQ is far superior in sound and appearance to synthetics such as Micarta and Corian. The high levels of heat and pressure used in making TUSQ results in its exotic ivory-like appearance.

Join those who know great guitar tone! TUSQ is used by: Martin, Taylor, Larrivee, Gibson Acoustic Guitars, Tacoma Guitars, Ovation, Rick Turner, Garrison Guitars, Breedlove, Manuel Rodriguez, Rainsong, Carvin, Landola and many, many more.

TUSQ has quickly become an important tone performance tool for many guitar manufacturers, luthiers and playing professionals around the world.

Bone and ivory have hard and soft spots (grain), throughout each piece, hampering consistent transfer of vibrations to the guitar top.

TUSQ saddles have rich tone and sustain, without the inconsistency found in ivory, bone and other natural materials.

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TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8"

  • 2-13/16" x 1/8" x 3/8"
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Graph TechTUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8"
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (9)
  • Functional (6)
  • Improves sound (6)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect fit

The published dimensions are correct. Measured first, then ordered, was a perfect match on thickness and width. Like any replacement of a saddle or nut, requires sanding to get the action perfect. ...Read complete review

The published dimensions are correct. Measured first, then ordered, was a perfect match on thickness and width. Like any replacement of a saddle or nut, requires sanding to get the action perfect. I sanded the bottom, checking against the original, and the resulting action @ 12th fret frequently, until the lowest was about 6/64". Then I used my nut files to cut slots to get the strings down to 4/64" - 5/64". It's a long process, but you need patience to get it perfect.

The saddle I replaced was most likely TUSQ, based on the "drop test." So, probably not much improvement on tone, but the original was a 1999 Tacoma DR20, and discolored, so the new one is a nice swap.

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Tried the Tusq bridge pins and was impressed by the subtle sound improvement to my Fender acoustic. Got this saddle expecting the same, but was largely disappointed. It did seem to add some...Read complete review

Tried the Tusq bridge pins and was impressed by the subtle sound improvement to my Fender acoustic. Got this saddle expecting the same, but was largely disappointed. It did seem to add some bell-like trebles, but since my guitar?s already pretty bright, it just made it sound ?clangy.? What really irked me was that it seemed to dampen my mids, not much difference to the lows. Doesn?t add much to your tone, if anything, seems to detract. I suppose if your guitar has dead highs, then this might help, otherwise I wouldn?t recommend.

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5.0

This or bone

By Max

from Oregon coast

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  • Good Quality

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      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8":

      Big improvement over cheap plastic, sometimes an improvement over bone, depending on the guitar and your ear. Seems to work best with higher velocity woods such as koa, maple, etc.

       
      5.0

      fit was right and that's probably the most important.

      By sidecar

      from south nj

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      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8":

      Just what I needed. Fits perfectly.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Perfect fit

      By Marcel

      from Houston

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      • Good Quality

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          Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8":

          The published dimensions are correct. Measured first, then ordered, was a perfect match on thickness and width. Like any replacement of a saddle or nut, requires sanding to get the action perfect. I sanded the bottom, checking against the original, and the resulting action @ 12th fret frequently, until the lowest was about 6/64". Then I used my nut files to cut slots to get the strings down to 4/64" - 5/64". It's a long process, but you need patience to get it perfect.

          The saddle I replaced was most likely TUSQ, based on the "drop test." So, probably not much improvement on tone, but the original was a 1999 Tacoma DR20, and discolored, so the new one is a nice swap.

           
          5.0

          Exact factory replacement

          By BBQBOB

          from Texas

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              Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8":

              It's the exact saddle that came on my 2003 710ce. Most players will want to lower the height by removing material from the bottom of the saddle, and that is required in order to lower the strings to the Taylor specification height at 12th fret.

               
              5.0

              great product

              By Halftime

              from VA

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                  Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8":

                  do a little sanding, and easy fix for better tone

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great for the price

                  By Isaiah

                  from Englewood fl

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                  Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8":

                  I had to do very little sanding and it worked good with my fishman pickup.

                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  I would choose a different style if I ordered again.

                  By Tex

                  from Sidney Mt.

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                    • Difficult To Use
                    • Poor Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8":

                    I bought this guitar to replace one I have had for almost 50 years. The first was a "Yamaha" type guitar. I couldn't find pins or a bridge to fit and since it was so old I bought a new one. I liked the smaller box on my original guitar. It easier to hold on your lap and play that way. the new strings don't sound that good,kind of tinny, and they go out of tune quickly. Maybe that's just because they are new though? Also many of the plastic pins on the new guitar were cracked right out of the box. I expected the guitar to be close to in tune when I got it but it was way off. Probably that is to be expected with all of the temperature variations I suppose.

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent product at a reasonable price.

                    By Limey

                    from Minocqua, WI

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                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

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                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8":

                      Excellent to enhance sound, for experienced installers.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      tone changer

                      By MCL

                      from Longmo

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                          Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8":

                          I just wanted to experiment with the tone of my guitar. A Washburn wd10sce. This saddle along with a new tusq nut and tusq bridge pins did just that, changed the tone. I wouldn't say it is better or worse, just a little different than it originally was. I would say it made the guitar a bit louder and with a bit more ring to chords. I did have to sand a millimeter or two off of the saddle to get the proper action, but it was no problem. Take it to your guitar shop if you don't feel comfortable doing it on your own. Decent product but don't expect a night and day difference in sound.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Worked great!

                          By ChasB

                          from Orlando

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                              Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Acoustic Guitar Saddle - Taylor Compensated 1/8":

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