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

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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.

FEATURES
  • Fits Taylor Guitars
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I am a believer

By Lordfakie

from Orl

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

Used this to replace the saddle on my Yamaha FG735 and it change the tone in a very nice way. Volume is about the same to me, but tone is overall richer and fuller, specially on the 1st and 2nd strings, they now sound thicker. Heard many speculations on the web anout tusq latetly, now I am a believer. Give it a try, it is so inexpensive and easy to install, if you sont like it just install your old saddle back. Hope this helps.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Review

By PepeJones

from California

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

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Perfect fit

By Marcel

from Houston

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  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for the price

      By Isaiah

      from Englewood fl

      About Me Professional Musician

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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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      tone changer

      By MCL

      from Long

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      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

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

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

              Easy to file

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Everything You've Heard You Can Hear

              By AHG

              from Northern California

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              Pros

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

              Cons

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

                  I am using this on a Yamaha LJ6. Everything you've heard about Tusq saddles you can actually hear when you play. Breadth, depth and more harmonically rich. Strings 1-3 in particular. It's an amazing way to make every guitar better for very little--with one more aesthetic benefit that never seems to get mentioned: your guitar remains free of bone, which, if you recall, is an animal part.

                  (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Tusc saddle

                  By hiplesshippy@aol.com

                  from Berlin Center , Ohio

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                    • Not Functional

                    Best Uses

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

                      delivery took too long.When it arrived it would not fit my ej200 Epiphone,it is not wide enough.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      EXCELLENT

                      By Dan

                      from South Carolina

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                      Pros

                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

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

                          This TUSQ saddle made a huge improvement in the tone
                          and general sound of my Takamine GS430S acoustic.
                          It fit perfectly in the guitar saddle slot and was
                          money well spent.

                           
                          5.0

                          This or bone

                          By Max

                          from Oregon coast

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                          • Functional
                          • 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.

                               
                              5.0

                              Exact factory replacement

                              By HipPocketMusician

                              from Tx

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

                                  Cons

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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

                                      (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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                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                        • 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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                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Backup
                                          • Concerts
                                          • Practicing

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

                                          Excellent to enhance sound, for experienced installers.

                                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          3.0

                                          I would buy this product again

                                          By JP

                                          from Binghamton, NY

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Pros

                                          • Good Quality
                                          • Improves Sound
                                          • Improves Sound Quality
                                          • Improves The Action

                                          Cons

                                          • Be Prepared To File Down
                                          • Needs To Be Fine Tuned

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Backup
                                          • Practicing
                                          • Repairing Old Guitar

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

                                          Good product if you are willing to spend the time and effort into sanding and filing down to fit your bridge as well as the action. It dose leave plenty of room for adjusting as high or as low as you want your action.Over all it is worth the time and effort for a higher performance of sound.

                                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          intonation is important

                                          By Hammertyme666

                                          from NM

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

                                          I got this item hoping to replace my Taylor 114ce Bridge. It took some sanding, adjustments, A little work and effort just to find out. its not the bridge that fits perfectly. Ive also tried everything to get it to fit perfctly and it doest.. Also the Intonation as off on the 2nd string. Its perfectly tuned in D and G but C and E chords are off. So its a turn off to me.. So 2 hours later i have a bridge that doesn't fix or sound any better then the one that came with...

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