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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 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 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (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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5.0

I bought two

By Robert

from Michigan

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

Easy to work with , great tone

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5.0

The 'Perfect Saddle'.

By roobrew

from Hampden, Maine

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Unbelievable improvement over my plastic saddle.

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      5.0

      Very Good product

      By Federali

      from Long Island NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          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.

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          4.0

          TUSQSaddle Did the Job

          By Jim from PA

          from Pennsylvania

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              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.

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              5.0

              I would definitly buy this again

              By RON

              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

                By Damski

                from Pittsburgh Pa

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                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

                    By JD

                    from Florida

                    About Me Experienced

                    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

                    By Ken

                    from Wisconsin

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    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!

                      By Just Another Music Dude.

                      from Upstae 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!

                        By Greg

                        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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