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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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Graph TechTUSQ Fully Compensated Saddle 1/8"
 
4.5

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (29)
  • Improves sound (26)
  • Functional (24)
  • Easy to use (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Concerts (10)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Novice (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This product fit the bill!!

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...Read complete review

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!!!

VS

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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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

back in the saddle again...

By Robert Farrell

from Virginia

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

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Upgrade

By montgotj

from North Carolina

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

I purchased this to replace a worn bone saddle on my acoustic electric. It's slightly oversized for most appications (which is a good thing) so it took some patient shaping to get it to fit just right. Now that it's in the improvement is astonishing. Deeper, richer tone with a warm lower response and sparkling (not tinny/thin) highs. It is intonated beautifully (the previous saddle was only compensated on the 1st and 2nd strings) and even improves the sound of the undersaddle piezo pickup. Highly recommended!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!!!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply Amazing!

    By Rockin' Ronnie

    from St Louis, Mo

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

    Top Notch!
    I researched these Tusq nuts and saddles before I tried them and man let me tell you that Tusq products are top notch. I have used bone, plastic, synthetic bone and well all of them over the years. Tusq is by far the best I have used. Bar none! They do exactly what the product specs say they wil do. They added clarity to all registers on the fret board. They give you more punch and sustain. Better than any other material. Including metal! I have used brass and aluminum as well as the other materials I mentioned and the Tusq is far superior! Try it. You will be amazed. I have them on all my guitars. Electric and acoustic! They work on either just fine. On my Gibson electrics I have replaced the nuts with Tusq and the bridge saddles too! You can get them for Nashville and ABR type bridges. On guitars with Vibrato tail pieces, I use the Graph Tech XL nuts with Teflon impregnated in them so you won't have any tuning problems anymore! Simply awesome!
    Great quality!
    Best Value!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Product!

    By Kerry Doherty

    from New Hampshire

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

    Dramatically increased sustain and improved tone. Well worth the price. Once I installed it I then ordered the TUSQ Bridge Pins. Only makes sense that the pins will help out as well (since the sound is transfered to the body by the saddle and to a lesser exent by the pins. Make sure you get the right width (they make two widths.) If you have a 1/8" saddle and you buy the larger one, you'll have lots of sanding to do!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again.

    By TexasBill

    from Magnolia, AR

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

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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":

      Replaced the saddle on my Epiphone PR-4E and it improved the sound quality.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wish I could give it 100 Stars ! ! !

      By Beatlefreak

      from Florida

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Makes Your Guitar Sing

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Plastic Is For Soup Forks

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

        I cannot reccomend Graph Tech saddles enough. It makes your high notes crisper, and your low notes more fuller, and don't forget the sustain. Now that I have discovered them, I'm kind of like a Religious fanatic, and I make sure I buy them for my friends. The best part is there are plenty of how to videos on You Tube. Trust me if a chucklehead like me can file and install a saddle, anyone can do it. The nut is a different story. But with a little practice, you'll be fine. I am not an expert by no means, so I file the saddle with the "Trial and Error" method. meaning, I will file the saddle with medium grade sandpaper with about 100 strokes, put it on the guitar, and if the action is still high, I'll remove it, and file it another 100 strokes,try it again, and if it's still too high, I will remove it again and give it another 100 strokes,until I'm happy with it. Hope this helps anyone who might be chicken like I used to be. Worse comes to worse,(If you filed it too low, you can build it back up with a sliver of plastic from an old credit card.)These are also money well spent for your cheapo knock about guitar.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I will be ordering Tusq Saddles for my other guitars

        By Cliff

        from Louisiana

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          Have 2 identical Jasmine practice guitars-fitted one with Graph Tec Tusk nut, saddle, pins-am amazed at the improvement in sound quality, clarity, tone & sustain. Could actually move this guitar to performance level with my other acoustics. Musicians in my group NOTICED the great sound immediately and inquired about these products-great inexpensive upgrade !

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nicely compensated.

          By Chris

          from Oakton, Virginia

          About Me Professional Musician

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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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great upgrade for cheap guitar

            By MWJD58

            from Chicagoland

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                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.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My final addendum...

                By KenW in Portland, OR

                from Portland, OR

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                Pros

                • Awesome Tone
                • Awesome With Lower Tuning
                • Easy To Install Yourself
                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound
                • Inexpensive

                Cons

                • May Give Ringing

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Lower Tuned Guitars
                • Practicing

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

                Wow. I have gone full circle. I started with Tusq, but was offended when in some tunings it would give a ringing in the two top strings. I went to bone, which good for low frequency response and helped with the ringing, but didn't have the clarity of tone that Tusq had. Then I went to the Bob Colossi West African Ivory saddle. Ivory is brighter than bone, but I felt I was missing some high end response and overtones. I have four acoustic guitars, and one by one I started trying Tusq again. The ideal I have now found is to use Tusq on ALL my acoustic guitars, and have several of them de-tuned three frets. (E, for example, is now lowered to C#.)Only Tusq allows such lowering of tuning while really performing acoustically. (If you only detune one or two frets, you might get upper string ringing, and you would have less overtones.)
                Note: One complaint about Tusq is that it gets grooves worn into the saddle faster than with bone or ivory. If you lower the tuning, this problem should be significantly decreased.
                If you are a die-hard purist who refuses to lower the tuning of your instrument, you might consider bone as the alternative, to get away from brigtness. I feel sorry for you. With the lowered tuning allowed with a Tusq saddle, you get the rich overtones and sound of a far bigger instrument.
                Tusq is assumed to be safer than bone or ivory, as the dust is less toxic.
                My guitars: Larrivee D03R; Yamaha Professional LL16-12 12 string; Yamaha Professional LJ16 Jumbo; Guild GAD JF30 (maple back & sides; possibly tune up with this for a bluegrass sound).
                In conclusion, I would start with a Tusq saddle, and only go to bone if you have to.
                Note: I also put a Tusq saddle on my Guitele, and it sounds better than when I had a bone saddle on it.
                -Ken W in Portland

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                addendum to my previous review

                By KenW in Portland, OR

                from Portland, OR

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                Pros

                • Bright Tone
                • Easy To Use
                • Functional

                Cons

                • More Prone To Ringing

                Best Uses

                • Do-it-yourselfer

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

                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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love this saddle!

                By Danny boy

                from Crown point, ny

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  My Maton 808 was starting to get some string buzz as the strings wore down into the saddle. I tried the Tusq saddle and a big difference in sound transfer. I will be using these from now on.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again.

                  By TexasBill

                  from Magnolia, AR

                  About Me Novice

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  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":

                    The TUSQ Saddle was easy to install. This was my first time of replacing a saddle and after carefully using a file to notch a groove for the strings it was a simple install. The sound quality improved as well.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Measure twice, buy once

                    By ChasH

                    from Lawrence, KS

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        This product is exactly as described.
                        However - it is not only taller than my current saddle (which I expected and wanted), it is longer and thicker. I'm not a pro luthier, and I doubt I will be able to reduce this thing in all three dimensions, maintaining square, to get it to fall into my existing saddle slot (1947 Martin 0018, not changing that) so ... measure twice, call, and buy once.
                        This is a very well made product but is probably not of use to me.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        worked OK

                        By Ghandarv

                        from W. Virginia

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            Installed on a 1971 Guild D-50. This saddle is well made but I found the intonation on the low E wasn't quite right at first. After bringing the action down a bit more it improved the low E somewhat and was playable. When I measure the distance from the nut to the saddle it's set just a bit too far back at the low E for my guitar. The area where the saddle meets the string could be a bit more toward the middle of the saddle. The other strings seem to sound OK. I found the material easy to work with when filing and sanding, though it does take time. Wear a dust mask. I will probably replace it with a regular Graphtech Tusq Acoustic Saddle Blank 1/8" PQ-9000-00 at some point. i don't have time to spend customizing another saddle at the moment. I'm OK with it for now.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent product

                            By B

                            from Kingsport, TN

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                            Pros

                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality
                            • Improves Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • DIY upgrade
                              • Practicing

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

                              First, I am a fan of TUSQ products in general. For very little money you can seriously upgrade your guitars tone and playability. Installation can be a little time consuming to get a perfect fit but that is cool with me. I enjoy the process of sanding/fitting, etc. it is relaxing. If you are nervous about doing that sort of thing yourself, buy a very cheap saddle or nut along with your TUSQ and use the cheapo for practice.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great upgrade from plastic!!

                              By JonSolo

                              from Birmingham, AL

                              About Me Professional Musician

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                              • 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.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  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.

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      TUSQSaddle Did the Job

                                      By Jim the Racer

                                      from Carlisle, PA

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                                      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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