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Graph Tech TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 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 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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  • 2-7/8" x 1/8" x 7/16"
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Graph TechTUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8"
 
4.5

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (23)
  • Improves sound (20)
  • Functional (18)
  • Easy to use (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Concerts (6)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Novice (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This product fit the bill!!

I received my new saddle today. It was over-sized, so you will need a sharp knife and sandpaper to whittle it down on the bottom leading edges to fit into the guitar body's...Read complete review

I received my new saddle today. It was over-sized, so you will need a sharp knife and sandpaper to whittle it down on the bottom leading edges to fit into the guitar body's slot! And it was advertised as being made of Ivory. It is not, but the quality is O.K. I fixed my Epiphone EJ200 SCE as the old saddle had warped, so thank you for this. And don't shorten the height of the new saddle! Just file v-shaped slots for the strings with a triangle file! Go slowly, keep sizing it to check the string height, and you will be good to go!!!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

back in the saddle again...

By Robert Farrell

from Virginia

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

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Upgrade

By montgotj

from North Carolina

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

I purchased this to replace a worn bone saddle on my acoustic electric. It's slightly oversized for most appications (which is a good thing) so it took some patient shaping to get it to fit just right. Now that it's in the improvement is astonishing. Deeper, richer tone with a warm lower response and sparkling (not tinny/thin) highs. It is intonated beautifully (the previous saddle was only compensated on the 1st and 2nd strings) and even improves the sound of the undersaddle piezo pickup. Highly recommended!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Amazing!

By Rockin' Ronnie

from St Louis, Mo

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

Top Notch!
I researched these Tusq nuts and saddles before I tried them and man let me tell you that Tusq products are top notch. I have used bone, plastic, synthetic bone and well all of them over the years. Tusq is by far the best I have used. Bar none! They do exactly what the product specs say they wil do. They added clarity to all registers on the fret board. They give you more punch and sustain. Better than any other material. Including metal! I have used brass and aluminum as well as the other materials I mentioned and the Tusq is far superior! Try it. You will be amazed. I have them on all my guitars. Electric and acoustic! They work on either just fine. On my Gibson electrics I have replaced the nuts with Tusq and the bridge saddles too! You can get them for Nashville and ABR type bridges. On guitars with Vibrato tail pieces, I use the Graph Tech XL nuts with Teflon impregnated in them so you won't have any tuning problems anymore! Simply awesome!
Great quality!
Best Value!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Product!

By Kerry Doherty

from New Hampshire

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

Dramatically increased sustain and improved tone. Well worth the price. Once I installed it I then ordered the TUSQ Bridge Pins. Only makes sense that the pins will help out as well (since the sound is transfered to the body by the saddle and to a lesser exent by the pins. Make sure you get the right width (they make two widths.) If you have a 1/8" saddle and you buy the larger one, you'll have lots of sanding to do!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My final addendum...

By KenW 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

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

addendum to my previous review

By KenW 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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This product fit the bill!!

By GeralJohn

from North Platte NE

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

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

    I received my new saddle today. It was over-sized, so you will need a sharp knife and sandpaper to whittle it down on the bottom leading edges to fit into the guitar body's slot! And it was advertised as being made of Ivory. It is not, but the quality is O.K. I fixed my Epiphone EJ200 SCE as the old saddle had warped, so thank you for this. And don't shorten the height of the new saddle! Just file v-shaped slots for the strings with a triangle file! Go slowly, keep sizing it to check the string height, and you will be good to go!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Highly Recommend this product!

    By Old Guys Rule

    from Upstate New York.

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    Pros

    • Easy To Sand To Fit
    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Minimal Sanding Required
    • My Acoustic Sounds Great
    • Worth The Effort

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Non-amplified Sound
      • Practicing

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

      My Guild acoustic is 40 years old. I was skeptical to change the saddle, but took the chance. Glad I did. It has restored the richness of sound you would expect from an instrument this old. You need some patience to get a good tight fit, but done right, it paid off.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great upgrade for cheap guitar

      By MWJD58

      from Chicagoland

      About Me Experienced

      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.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not that impressed

          By Nathan

          from Kuwait

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          Verified Buyer

          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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          MUST READ

          By KenW 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.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wish I could give it 100 Stars ! ! !

          By Beatlefreak

          from Florida

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Makes Your Guitar Sing

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Plastic Is For Soup Forks

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

            I cannot reccomend Graph Tech saddles enough. It makes your high notes crisper, and your low notes more fuller, and don't forget the sustain. Now that I have discovered them, I'm kind of like a Religious fanatic, and I make sure I buy them for my friends. The best part is there are plenty of how to videos on You Tube. Trust me if a chucklehead like me can file and install a saddle, anyone can do it. The nut is a different story. But with a little practice, you'll be fine. I am not an expert by no means, so I file the saddle with the "Trial and Error" method. meaning, I will file the saddle with medium grade sandpaper with about 100 strokes, put it on the guitar, and if the action is still high, I'll remove it, and file it another 100 strokes,try it again, and if it's still too high, I will remove it again and give it another 100 strokes,until I'm happy with it. Hope this helps anyone who might be chicken like I used to be. Worse comes to worse,(If you filed it too low, you can build it back up with a sliver of plastic from an old credit card.)These are also money well spent for your cheapo knock about guitar.

             
            3.0

            Measure twice, buy once

            By ChasH

            from Lawrence, KS

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                This product is exactly as described.
                However - it is not only taller than my current saddle (which I expected and wanted), it is longer and thicker. I'm not a pro luthier, and I doubt I will be able to reduce this thing in all three dimensions, maintaining square, to get it to fall into my existing saddle slot (1947 Martin 0018, not changing that) so ... measure twice, call, and buy once.
                This is a very well made product but is probably not of use to me.

                 
                5.0

                I will be ordering Tusq Saddles for my other guitars

                By Cliff

                from Louisiana

                About Me Novice

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                Pros

                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  Have 2 identical Jasmine practice guitars-fitted one with Graph Tec Tusk nut, saddle, pins-am amazed at the improvement in sound quality, clarity, tone & sustain. Could actually move this guitar to performance level with my other acoustics. Musicians in my group NOTICED the great sound immediately and inquired about these products-great inexpensive upgrade !

                   
                  3.0

                  worked OK

                  By Ghandarv

                  from W. Virginia

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Installed on a 1971 Guild D-50. This saddle is well made but I found the intonation on the low E wasn't quite right at first. After bringing the action down a bit more it improved the low E somewhat and was playable. When I measure the distance from the nut to the saddle it's set just a bit too far back at the low E for my guitar. The area where the saddle meets the string could be a bit more toward the middle of the saddle. The other strings seem to sound OK. I found the material easy to work with when filing and sanding, though it does take time. Wear a dust mask. I will probably replace it with a regular Graphtech Tusq Acoustic Saddle Blank 1/8" PQ-9000-00 at some point. i don't have time to spend customizing another saddle at the moment. I'm OK with it for now.

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent product

                      By B

                      from Kingsport, TN

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                      Pros

                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • DIY upgrade
                        • Practicing

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

                        First, I am a fan of TUSQ products in general. For very little money you can seriously upgrade your guitars tone and playability. Installation can be a little time consuming to get a perfect fit but that is cool with me. I enjoy the process of sanding/fitting, etc. it is relaxing. If you are nervous about doing that sort of thing yourself, buy a very cheap saddle or nut along with your TUSQ and use the cheapo for practice.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great upgrade from plastic!!

                        By JonSolo

                        from Birmingham, AL

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            Great upgrade for guitars that have a plastic saddle. Will improve tone greatly. Brighter, tighter and much nicer. Many upscale guitars are using Tusq, many people would argue that bone is better. I think it's preference. This is WELL above the standard plastic saddles that come on most entry level guitars. I used it to upgrade an older Alvarez Regent series that I use to give lessons with. Not a concert guitar by any means but the plastic saddle was beginning to wear and sounded very dull and dead in comparison. So needless to say I'm happy.

                             
                            5.0

                            Nicely compensated.

                            By Chris

                            from Oakton, Virginia

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • hard

                            Best Uses

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

                              Did the job. I used it to fix my friends cheapo Jasmine guitar. It made the intonation spot on, and improved the sustain. Fit nice and tight like a (OJ) glove.

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Not a drop in

                              By Jean

                              from undisclosed

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                              Comments about TUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8":

                              Needs shaping. Not a drop in installation

                               
                              5.0

                              I bought two

                              By RK

                              from Detroit

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

                              Easy to work with , great tone

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