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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"
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (15)
  • Good quality (14)
  • Functional (11)
  • Easy to use (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (3)

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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5.0

I would definitly buy this again

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from MN

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

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.

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    5.0

    Love this product

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    from Pittsburgh Pa

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    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        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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        5.0

        performed as described

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        from Florida

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • possible intonation issue

        Best Uses

        • replacing stock saddle

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

        Fits a import Fender acoustic right out of the box. Easy to sand to adjust the height. Even, strong string response. Richer sound compared to stock saddle. I did not have the high string imbalance some users have described.

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        5.0

        Great Replacement Saddle

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        from Wisconsin

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        Pros

        • Easy To Form
        • Kicks The Sound Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          Easy to customize

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          5.0

          Highly Recommend this product!

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          from Upstate NY

          About Me Experienced

          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.

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            5.0

            Fantastic product!

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            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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              5.0

              Superior Product

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              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

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              from thousand oaks, ca

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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":

                  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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                  5.0

                  Great upgrade for cheap guitar

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                  from Chicagoland

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                  Pros

                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

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                      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

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                      from Elijay, Ga

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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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