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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...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. 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"
 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (19)
  • Improves sound (18)
  • Functional (15)
  • Easy to use (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (4), Professional musician (4)

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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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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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!!!

     
    5.0

    Great upgrade from plastic!!

    By Jon-Solo

    from Birmingham, AL

    About Me Professional Musician

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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.

           
          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

           
          5.0

          The 'Perfect Saddle'.

          By roobrew

          from Hampden, Maine

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

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

          Cons

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

              Unbelievable improvement over my plastic saddle.

               
              5.0

              Very Good product

              By Federali

              from Long Island NY

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              • Easy To Use

              Cons

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

                  My saddle was slightly oversized for the application and you should not replace any saddle unless you know how to sand it while still maintaining flat surfaces and square corners. There isn't much to hold on to so using power tools can be hazardous to the fingers.

                   
                  4.0

                  TUSQSaddle Did the Job

                  By jim im PA

                  from Pennsylvania, USA

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

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

                      I had never ordered or installed a bridge saddle before and it turned out that the TUSQ saddle I ordered was slightly too wide and too thick for my Ibanez. However, I figured that as long as the material was there, i could file it down (having race car shop tools helps). At first I did not have it seated all the way down into the slot and the tone and volume of the guitar were markedly worse. I fixed that and it plays and sounds great.

                       
                      5.0

                      I would definitly buy this again

                      By Ron

                      from MN

                      About Me Novice

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                      Pros

                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                      • will have to fit it properly to the bridge

                      Best Uses

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

                        This made a very noticeable difference. I installed it on a China made axe that had a plastic saddle . I also replaced the bridge pins with TUSQ pins . I did have to sand the height, width, depth, for proper fit and desired action. I also did a bit of filing to dial in the intonation. The time spent doing this was well worth it. I noticed more volume ,a more brighter longer bell like sustain. I will most likely replace the nut with TUSQ also.

                         
                        5.0

                        Love this product

                        By Damski

                        from Pittsburgh Pa

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                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

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

                            I sanded this bad boy to size and really feel like I got great sound.

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