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Nuts and saddles for guitars may look tiny but they have a huge impact on your overall sound. If you want to customize your guitar and truly make it your own there are a host of options available that make it easy to do. Even having replacement parts on hand is ideal, just in case your next jam gets more energetic than you’d planned. The saddle on your guitar sits upon your bridge and controls the tone and clarity of your guitar. Both acoustic and electric guitars are made with different types of saddles so it’s important to know which will fit your guitar before deciding. There are a few different types that are constructed to fit a variety of guitar styles.If you’re working with an acoustic there are a few things you’ll want to consider when it comes to saddles. Straight guitar saddles fit across the bridge and offer no variation based on what strings run across them. These are a great basic option and fit easily into the bridge. Compensated guitar saddles are either jagged or curved allowing your strings to be held at different levels. This is handy for keeping your guitar in tune as they are built to handle the specific string thicknesses. Electric guitarists have a slightly bigger selection when it comes to saddle selections due to the greater amount to styles available. The rectangular style saddle are one of the most tolerable saddles to heavy playing styles, create a sharp tone and are often used with Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars. Sharp edge saddles can be adjusted quite high creating a rich tone that resonates due to the strings being able to be elevated, while the string saving saddle are able to be fitted to any guitar and help to preserve your strings so you can play the night away. Nuts on the other hand are placed at the opposite end of your guitar at the top of the neck and ensure the strings are properly spaced and have proper tension along the neck of your guitar. Options like the Graph Tech TUSQ tout having a crystal clear tone and great vibration transfer, while the ProLine Acoustic Bone Nut Blank can be cut down to size to fit your guitar for total customization. Most nuts are labelled with which brands they will fit so whether you need something exact or an option you can customize, there is something for everyone. Nuts and saddles are key to the overall sound of your electric or acoustic guitar. Proper tension ensures your guitar’s tone rings out beautifully as you play and ensures there is no buzzy feedback funneling into your amp. Having a few of these crucial materials on hand allows you to customize or tune up your instrument whenever you need it.

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