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Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins

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Synthetic ivory. Martin-style pins. 2mm dots.


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Graph TechTusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins
 
4.6

(based on 40 reviews)

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    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (1)

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    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (17)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Improves sound (14)
  • Functional (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (3)
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    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (4)

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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(12 of 12 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.

(6 of 7 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)

 
5.0

Definite Improvement Over Std Plastic

By TVinYpsi

from Ypsilanti, Michigan

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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!

      (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

      from 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 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Bridge pins work once seated properly

      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.

      (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

      Cons

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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

          Cons

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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

              Dramatic? Maybe...

              By popmidi

              from Minneapolis

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                I buy these for every new acoustic I get, and am never sorry. Is the improvement dramatic? Maybe not, but it IS palpable, and even a slight uptick in sustain and clarity is a great thing for this low price.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very nice pins!

                By Dan

                from Ypsilanti, MI

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                  These days I only play for myself. I have put these pins on both of my guitars. They improved the sound very much.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  TUSQ pins

                  By Dalton

                  from Pennsylvania

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                  Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                  These are great looking bridge pins! I got the black with Pau dot for my black Rouge 101B dreadnought and they feel so much better than the plastic ones. I replaced the nut, saddle & pins with TUSQ all at the same time so I don't know what contribution these pins gave toward the unbelievable bright, new tone! I highly recommend these 3 TUSQ upgrade parts for everybody's acoustic!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Dont buy these pins

                  By Pete

                  from Detroit, Michigan

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Not Functional
                    • Poor Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge 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. 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.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Immediate difference.

                      By Carlosupernatural.

                      from Oregon

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                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                        I changed out some plastic strong pins that came with a used Martin HD 28, the resonance was much clearer and the sustain was much longer. Despite the naysayers, there was an immediate noticeable difference.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent Product

                        By Mr. Ed

                        from Orlando

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                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                          I immediately replace the factory pins on all my guitars with these every time. Much better sound quality for both highs and lows, plus more volume.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Sharp looking!

                          By Absaroka Strummer

                          from Wyoming

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                              Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                              My 1986 Martin HD35 still has the original plastic pins in it and they are warping and starting to show their age, so I decided to give these a try. They look good and I know Tusq will have a superior to the old plastic pins I have in their now. Good purchase!

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Harmonic boost

                              By Mike

                              from San Antonio

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                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality
                              • Improves Sound

                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                                  Boost sustain and harmics surprisingly alot

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Solid Replacement

                                  By Jim

                                  from St. Petersburg

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                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Functional
                                  • Good Quality

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                                      Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                                      These seem to work fine; I've put them on a couple of guitars. They replaced a plastic set and an ebony set, both of which had gotten a little ragged with use. I can't vouch for any tonal changes, but that wasn't the intent. I'd like to see chamfers on the bottoms of the pins, but it only takes a few minutes to file them. Had to go elsewhere to find black pins with no dots as MF doesn't seem to stock them.

                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      would definitely purchase again

                                      By Ron

                                      from MN

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                                      • Good Quality
                                      • Improves Sound

                                      Cons

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                                          Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                                          It made a very noticeable difference. I replaced the plastic pins on a China made axe. I replaced the saddle with TUSQ also. I chose to sand fit the pins to bridge vs. ream fit bridge to pins. The time to do that was well worth it. The combination of the saddle and pins produced more volume , more bright bell like sustain. Will most likely replace the nut with TUSQ also.

                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Annoying broken bridge pins

                                          By Tom

                                          from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Backup
                                            • Practicing

                                            Comments about Graph Tech Tusq Ivory Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pins:

                                            I keep them on hand as pins are fragile at the worst times!

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