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Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 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 mat...Read More

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

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

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TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8"

  • 2-7/8" x 1/8" x 7/16"
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Graph TechTUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8"
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (11)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Functional (9)
  • Easy to use (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (4)
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      • Experienced (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    back in the saddle again...

    Bought this saddle to replace broken one on my Sigma acoustic, The saddle is about 1/8' taller than the old one, so there's plenty of material to custom fit it to required...Read complete review

    Bought this saddle to replace broken one on my Sigma acoustic, The saddle is about 1/8' taller than the old one, so there's plenty of material to custom fit it to required height. I used a dremel with cut-off wheel for rough cut, then finished with sandpaper. Width and thickness were only a few thousands oversize, and required only light sanding for proper fit. Please note that any saddle ,or nut, will require fitting. Do NOT expect a "drop-in fit"- there's no such thing... Tone improved noticeably.

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    addendum to my previous review

    Addendum to my previous review:
    At first, I was highly enamored with the Tusq saddles. After the first day, though, my B string started ringing, and the high E...Read complete review

    Addendum to my previous review:
    At first, I was highly enamored with the Tusq saddles. After the first day, though, my B string started ringing, and the high E also, to a lesser extent. This effect might be reduced by using an ebony bridge pin instead of Tusq (I have Tusq pins on all my guitars)for the pin of the offending string. I ended up going back to Bob Colosi's West African ivory saddle for all my guitars, to avoid the excessive brightness on the top two strings. Incidentally, in my opinion, the order of brighness of saddles is bone (least bright), West African ivory (brightest professional saddle material recommended by Bob Colosi), and then Tusq (most bright). If you have a dark sounding instrument, it may benefit from the Tusq saddle.
    Concerning the ringing, I found that it was still a problem even after sanding down the bearing edge of the saddle.
    Tusq is actually fairly soft, and is prone to quickly develop grooves in the treble string bearing edges. Perhaps this will contribute to any ringing problems.
    Conclusion: Tusq saddles are good for the money, and I like the tone, but if you get ringing treble strings, try bone or West African ivory.

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    5.0

    Fantastic product!

    By Greg

    from Bakersfield, Ca.

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    Pros

    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8":

      Required very little shaping for fit. Substantially improved sound on an inexpensive Rogue.

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      1.0

      Wrong item

      By Twomanyguitars

      from Goldendale wa

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            Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8":

            the person helping me on the phone knew little or nothing about guitars, first tried to sell me a nut, not a saddle. I needed a new saddle for a guitar purchased at MF, she assured me this saddle would fit, it does not. Next time i'll buy locally.

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            5.0

            Superior Product

            By part time strummer

            from Thousand Oaks, CA.

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            Pros

            • Does Change Your Tone
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Voicing Clarity

            Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8":

            I recently purchased one for my Fender and found it to definitely improved the sound. I purchased a Yamaha FG730 and wanted to see if I would get the same results. It really opened up the sound of the guitar. I did save the saddle in case, you should to, mistakes happen. For the price and a little sanding you just might surprise yourself.

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            4.0

            Sounds better

            By part time strummer

            from Thousand Oaks, CA.

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            Pros

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

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                Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8":

                I am not a craftsman, but I could do this. I used a quarter at the 12th fret as a gauge to set the amount of sanding off the bottom. And just a bit off the edges. Yes, it takes time, but you will be very happy with the results it gives you. Even to my untrained hear, I could tell the difference.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great upgrade for cheap guitar

                By MWJD58

                from Chicagoland

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                Pros

                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8":

                    I used this in conjunction with a set of the Tusq bridge pins to replace cheap plastic bridge and pins on my inexpensive Chinese-made Fender. Be prepared to spend some time sanding both thickness and height, but it finishes nicely and dropped right in, allowing me to lower the action a little. Since the original bridge and pins were soft plastic, they already showed some damage from routine string replacement, and these items are immediately clearly superior in terms of durability.

                    I was very pleasantly surprised by the improved brightness, tone and sustain. Net, this is a great upgrade for a budget acoustic guitar, although I imagine for a higher quality instrument this would be more of a replacement without the benefit of improved sound.

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                    4.0

                    Works well for custom fit

                    By J. Mann

                    from Georgia

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8":

                      With some sandpaper and a little patience was able to get a nice fit for my Yamaha. Improved tone and intonation.

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Not that impressed

                      By Nathan

                      from Kuwait

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                      Pros

                      • Functional

                      Cons

                      • Poor Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8":

                      I put this on a no-name guitar and the guitar sounds very tinny. I'm not that impressed. The guitar is a lower quality guitar, so maybe this saddle wasn't meant for my application. It required a fair amount of grinding to get it to fit correctly.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      My final addendum...

                      By Ken W in Portland, OR

                      from Portland, OR

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                      Pros

                      • Awesome Tone
                      • Awesome With Lower Tuning
                      • Easy To Install Yourself
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound
                      • Inexpensive

                      Cons

                      • May Give Ringing

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Lower Tuned Guitars
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8":

                      Wow. I have gone full circle. I started with Tusq, but was offended when in some tunings it would give a ringing in the two top strings. I went to bone, which good for low frequency response and helped with the ringing, but didn't have the clarity of tone that Tusq had. Then I went to the Bob Colossi West African Ivory saddle. Ivory is brighter than bone, but I felt I was missing some high end response and overtones. I have four acoustic guitars, and one by one I started trying Tusq again. The ideal I have now found is to use Tusq on ALL my acoustic guitars, and have several of them de-tuned three frets. (E, for example, is now lowered to C#.)Only Tusq allows such lowering of tuning while really performing acoustically. (If you only detune one or two frets, you might get upper string ringing, and you would have less overtones.)
                      Note: One complaint about Tusq is that it gets grooves worn into the saddle faster than with bone or ivory. If you lower the tuning, this problem should be significantly decreased.
                      If you are a die-hard purist who refuses to lower the tuning of your instrument, you might consider bone as the alternative, to get away from brigtness. I feel sorry for you. With the lowered tuning allowed with a Tusq saddle, you get the rich overtones and sound of a far bigger instrument.
                      Tusq is assumed to be safer than bone or ivory, as the dust is less toxic.
                      My guitars: Larrivee D03R; Yamaha Professional LL16-12 12 string; Yamaha Professional LJ16 Jumbo; Guild GAD JF30 (maple back & sides; possibly tune up with this for a bluegrass sound).
                      In conclusion, I would start with a Tusq saddle, and only go to bone if you have to.
                      Note: I also put a Tusq saddle on my Guitele, and it sounds better than when I had a bone saddle on it.
                      -Ken W in Portland

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      addendum to my previous review

                      By Ken W in Portland, OR

                      from Portland, OR

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                      Pros

                      • Bright Tone
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional

                      Cons

                      • More Prone To Ringing

                      Best Uses

                      • Do-it-yourselfer

                      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8":

                      Addendum to my previous review:
                      At first, I was highly enamored with the Tusq saddles. After the first day, though, my B string started ringing, and the high E also, to a lesser extent. This effect might be reduced by using an ebony bridge pin instead of Tusq (I have Tusq pins on all my guitars)for the pin of the offending string. I ended up going back to Bob Colosi's West African ivory saddle for all my guitars, to avoid the excessive brightness on the top two strings. Incidentally, in my opinion, the order of brighness of saddles is bone (least bright), West African ivory (brightest professional saddle material recommended by Bob Colosi), and then Tusq (most bright). If you have a dark sounding instrument, it may benefit from the Tusq saddle.
                      Concerning the ringing, I found that it was still a problem even after sanding down the bearing edge of the saddle.
                      Tusq is actually fairly soft, and is prone to quickly develop grooves in the treble string bearing edges. Perhaps this will contribute to any ringing problems.
                      Conclusion: Tusq saddles are good for the money, and I like the tone, but if you get ringing treble strings, try bone or West African ivory.

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      MUST READ

                      By Ken W in Portland, OR

                      from Portland, OR

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                      Pros

                      • Dust Safer Than Bone
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Great tone
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                      • Irritating Highs

                      Best Uses

                      • Add Brightness
                      • Add Sustain
                      • Add Tone

                      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8":

                      I have installed many saddles, and I find that bone is too dark in tone. Until now, I had been using Bob Colosi's West African Ivory saddles as my ideal. Today I was working with my new Yamaha Professional LJ16 jumbo guitar. The bone saddle I installed killed some of the life of the tone, so I put in a Tusq saddle. (I had already installed Tusq bridge pins). I was unhappy that the high E and B strings gave an irritating high frequency. I was about to put an order in for the ivory saddle when I suddenly got an idea... sand the saddle contact areas, so they are more rounded (especially for the two high treble strings). I was amazed at the results. It took away the irritating high frequencies, and I could customize the tone I wanted by sanding the contact surface more or less rounded. Folks, before you put in a bone saddle, try this!
                      Also, my luthier claims that bone dust (from sanding down a bone saddle to make it fit) is extremely hazardous to your lungs. Bone dust cannot come out of your lungs. Tusq is an inert plastic (I assume) and I would think this would be much safer for your lungs.
                      By all means, also install the Tusq bridge pins. I have tried all other pins on the market, and nothing competes with Tusq bridge pins. They really do make a difference, and increase tone and sustain.

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