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Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins Black Pearl Dot

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Graph TechTusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins
 
4.6

(based on 39 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (16)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Improves sound (13)
  • Functional (12)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
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    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Simple Quantitative Test

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Recently replaced an old plastic saddle in a guitar with a Tusq synthetic ivory one. Noteable improvement. The package also recommended replacing the plastic bridge pins too. I got the new Tusq...Read complete review

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Recently replaced an old plastic saddle in a guitar with a Tusq synthetic ivory one. Noteable improvement. The package also recommended replacing the plastic bridge pins too. I got the new Tusq bridge pins and did a little experiment to see if they really do make a difference. Took an acoustic that has a pickup under the saddle and hooked up an electronic tuner. Measured the sustain time of the A string until there was no output detected. Recorded several readings with an overall average of 19.0 seconds. Replaced all the pins then did the same thing. The average sustain time increased to 24.4 seconds for an improvement of over 28%. They really do make a difference. Not a bad investment for the price.

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Dont buy these pins

After reading reviews on all the bridge pins available, decided on Graph Tech for my Squire acoustic. Went to the Graph Tech web site to make my selection and pick the right size....Read complete review

After reading reviews on all the bridge pins available, decided on Graph Tech for my Squire acoustic. Went to the Graph Tech web site to make my selection and pick the right size. Per my measurements using a digital caliper, my pins were 0.202 at the top of the shank, and ordered the traditional pins in black with a 2mm dot. When I tried to use these new pins, they sat very high on the bridge. I measured their diameter at the base of the shank and got a reading of 0.211 to 0.214. This is very poor quality control, for something that is so dimensionally critical. I will not buy from this manufacturer ever again.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Simple Quantitative Test

By Edward Zapert

from Tallahassee, FL

Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

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Recently replaced an old plastic saddle in a guitar with a Tusq synthetic ivory one. Noteable improvement. The package also recommended replacing the plastic bridge pins too. I got the new Tusq bridge pins and did a little experiment to see if they really do make a difference. Took an acoustic that has a pickup under the saddle and hooked up an electronic tuner. Measured the sustain time of the A string until there was no output detected. Recorded several readings with an overall average of 19.0 seconds. Replaced all the pins then did the same thing. The average sustain time increased to 24.4 seconds for an improvement of over 28%. They really do make a difference. Not a bad investment for the price.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes, bridge pins DO make a difference

By Telemaster

from Detroit, MI

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

  • Difficult To Take Out

Best Uses

  • Enhancing Brightness
  • Enhancing Volume

Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

Replaced 6 x Buffalo Horn pins with 6 x TUSQ pins on my Yamaha FS720S (w/ TUSQ nut and saddle), but didn't love the results. I felt the Buffalo Horn had more character and might have matched up better with my guitar but after playing around with it I found that an excellent combination of 3 x Buffalo Horn and 3 x TUSQ really gave the guitar more uniqueness. I think the TUSQ provides some extra tone and warmness, definitely volume, and the Buffalo Horn just seems to have a little bit more bass, mids and character overall. Worth nothing that I put the Buffalo Horn on the low E, A and D strings and put the TUSQ on G, B and high E. I have 3 of each pins leftover of course, so I'm going to use the same combination on my new guitar although this guitar will have a bone nut and saddle as well as different materials in general, so I'm clueless if the same results will occur. I did read however that one particular dude loves his solid sitka top guitar's to have Buffalo Horn pins so maybe there is some merit to that. I hope this helps out some people who feel that bridge pins do nothing for the sound. It probably effects different guitars in different ways but I can tell you for sure that I've been through plastic, Buffalo Horn and TUSQ and there's definitely differences between all of them.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Tusq bridge pins

By Raymond Shores

from US

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Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

Won't make you a world class player, but does seem to enhance the sound of an acoustic . Seems much more stable and solid. A subtle improvement, but a nice upgrade for a pretty reasonable price.
"Man made" ivory. Ebony with white dots.
Very well made, fits most standard acoustics, except those rare models tha require the presentation style. Definitely better than plastic pins used by many manufacturers.
Not cheap, but certainly more reasonable than genuine ivory.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding product... a must buy.

By KenW in Portland, OR

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Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

As mentioned, every guitar I have used these on has benefited greatly. My top-of-the-line Tacoma JR55 sounded kind of dull with the ebony pins that came with it from the factory; with Tusq, it really sings.
I have put these Tusq bridge pins on every accoustic guitar I have(five in all), and every guitar came to life with these installed.
Use these in conjunction with a saddle upgrade to Tusq, bone, or west african ivory, and you will be amazed. I just finished a set-up job on a Yamaha FG700S guitar, and it changed from so-so to incredible after Tusq saddle, Tusq pins, and new strings. (the factory strings were still almost new.)
Where else will you get so much improvement in tone for so little?

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Definite Improvement Over Std Plastic

By TVinYpsi

from Ypsilanti, MI

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      Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

      Replaced the stock plastic pins of my recent (2012) Martin standard OM-28. To my ear, a richer, louder, and more secure tone comes from the guitar with the Tusq pins versus the std plastic. The difference is not so great as one gets when changing new strings for old. But comparing new strings under plastic pins to new strings under Tusq pins reveals a clear and meaningful improvement in tone with Tusq. Hey Chris Martin: the Tusq pins _should_ be standard on all Martin guitars!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Highly Reccomended !!!!

      By Jeffo

      from Woonsocket, R.I.

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      Pros

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

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          Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

          I bought these a few days ago and they just came in today. I put these on my Squier SA-100 Acoustic and immediately the results were noticeable. Not only is the tone of my guitar louder, but is also more brighter and pronounced as well. I'm now thinking of getting the Tusq saddle to match these , along with the nut as well. Why spend 2-3 hundred on a new acoustic when I can just install these for a mere fraction of the price and still get amazing tone ?

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Better sound than plastic

          By Mac

          from Richmond,Va.

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          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

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              Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

              I replaced the cheap plastic bridge pins with Tusq and the tone is definately better. There are two sizes so make sure you measure yours before ordering. Then it's just a straight switch to the new ones.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Easy Upgrade

              By jgraham140

              from Mount Berry, Georgia

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              Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

              I replaced the plastic pins on my inexpensive Rogue acoustic, my beater and camping guitar. I also replaced the saddle with a TUSQ blank. The saddle had a greater impact on the volume (much louder) and richness of this guitar than did the new pins. The TUSQ pins increased the richness slightly and evened out the string-to-string response. No real change in volume though. I would definitely recommend TUSQ pins.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              needed item

              By black gold

              from Hibbing,Mn.

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              • Good Quality

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                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                too many instruments come with plastick bridge pins and over the years they break.All the music stores in my town closed so I really am gratefull for Musicians friend.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Tusq Bridge Pins

                By Japo711

                from Tennessee

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                Pros

                • Could Not Tell A Lot
                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • Pins Seat Farther Down

                Best Uses

                • Backup

                Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                The pins were easy to install but could not tell a lot of difference. There are already tusq bridge and nut so I did not expect a lot. They are quality though. They do seat a little farther down in the bridge.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Skeptical at First

                By Sungodv

                from Colorado

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                Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                I must admit, I was a bit skeptical ordering these bridge pins, but I figured I could always send them back if they weren't what all the hype claimed them to be. After the change-out I must say they really do make an audible difference on my guitar.These replaced the plastic pins on my new Alvarez acoustic. I used the very same strings for a truer test rather than changing the strings along with the pins. I am now hearing a bit more sustain and a purer, cleaner tone - almost piano-like with more overtones after the change to Tusq pins. A bit more bass as well as clearer treble in the overall sound.This is an easy inexpensive way to liven up the sound of your acoustic. I can now recommend these pins without reserve.Give them a try. You can always send them back for just a few dollars in postage and packaging.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                sweet bridge pins

                By Stratonrye

                from Huntsville, AL

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                Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                So... while I was changing my strings over this past Christmas break I noticed that one of my bridge pins was cracked. I already had to replace a couple of them with cheap plastic ones and decided that it was time to just get a whole new set. I have always heard good things about Graph Tech products so I knew that's what I wanted. I needed something that wasn't going to crack on me and maybe even improve the natural tone of my Alvarez. I was not disappointed. I'm not saying that I have the most developed ear for good tone but, it really seems like my guitar sounds a little brighter-like a more high end guitar- and they definitely aren't piece of crap plastic parts like the stock ones. I guess only time will tell if I really love them but I'm happy with them now.

                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Bridge pins work once seated properly

                By Surfdog

                from Central Texas

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                Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                I bought 2 sets of these for 2 Acoustics I own. I had a hard time installing them and ended up trashing a new set of guitar strings because the Low E and A would keep sliding up out of their respective holes. Reinserting them caused the windings at the lower end of the string to break and make the string dead. I don't understand that behavior as they seem to be seated correctly. They feel lighter than I thought they would. The bridge pins appear to improve sound, but to my ears its seems marginal for the price. I guess I thought these were real bone. They are some kind of composit material.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fits my Yamaha

                By Keith

                from Souderton, PA

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                • Easy To Use
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                    Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                    These were a perfect fit for my Yamaha FG700S. I noticed a richer warmer tone than my original plastic pins

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    amazing tone

                    By Anonymous

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                    i bought a set of these and a nut and a saddle to put on a cheap ventura acoustic last week and was blown away by the sound i have played all kinds of martins gibsons and taylors and now my guitar sounds just like them at a fraction of the cost great tone long sustain just all around great

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Must Have!

                    By Kristopher

                    from Las Vegas

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                    Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                    If your acoustic guitar doesn't already come equipped with TUSQ pins, do yourself a favor and purchase a set. This is quite possibly the most affordable and noticeable improvement one can do for their sound. Bone has dead spots, save an elephant and buy TUSQ!!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    why not give it a try?

                    By Sutcliff

                    from St. Louis, MO

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                    Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                    I have an old Fender acoustic and the new pins help with the bass response. Well worth a try.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    good bargain

                    By rangerdoug

                    from Austin, TX

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                    Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                    I have gra[h tusk bridge pins on my 1994 Martin J-18 to replace the plastic pins it came with, the tone, sustain, clarity is much better, but not quite as good as the bone pins I have on my D-35. But considering that the bone pins cost almost twice a much. The Graph Tusk are an an excellent and relatively inexpensive way to improve the tone of your guitar.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Must Have Upgrade!

                    By Andy--yRt6

                    from Pacifica, CA

                    Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                    Just picked up a set of these TUSQ Bridge Pins the improvement in loudness and sustain is very noticeable on my Seagull Entourage CW. I had upgraded the pins recently with brass pins that improvement the bass and mids but not the highs (in fact, lost some of the higher frequencies). But after switching to TUSQ, I got a well balanced increase in sound and sustain across all frequencies. Definitely an inexpensive way to improve your sound!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    They still look plastic

                    By Bill-BGwU.

                    from Woodland, WA

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                    Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                    I installed these pins at the same time as I switched from old GHS to new D'Addario strings so it's not a true apples to apples comparison but...these pins seem to have increased the sustain and tone of my Epi Masterbilt DR500M significantly. The tone is brighter and the sustain is much more pronounced, almost piano like. They installed very easily and seem to be a higher quality than the OEM plastic pieces. We'll have to see how they hold up over time.

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