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  • Hardest saddle material?

    I'm constantly having to fix bone saddles that I've "slotted" by playing the heck out of them. The intonation drifts as it's happening to. Any experience with any hard saddle material for a steel string acoustic? Brass? Stainless? Stone?

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    My plastic saddles don't seem to cause any problems. 

    Howard

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    • Opa John
      Opa John commented
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      Well, I've had plastic, bone, tusq and corian and I don't think I've worn out any of 'em.

      Not sure if they make titanium saddles. I'm not even sure if titanium would be considered "hard", but it would be worth looking into..........I guess.


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    My default is unbleached bone from stew mac, but I've used lots of Tusq over the years too. I prefer the sound of bone, but they both notch about the same.

    Plastic is way too soft for the way I play. Not sure if it's just generally pounding out chords, bending strings, or what, but the strings eat grooves into the saddle.
    I haven't tried titanium or anything like that. I'd be able to hear you lot laughing if I even purchased one of those.

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    • Opa John
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      koiwoi wrote:

      I haven't tried titanium or anything like that. I'd be able to hear you lot laughing if I even purchased one of those.

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    Yes - I considered that and it isn't.

    Most guitars I see have bridge saddle slots and nobody worries about them. I just like my action and intonation to stay where I measured them.

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    • DeepEnd
      DeepEnd commented
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      koiwoi wrote:
      . . . Most guitars I see have bridge saddle slots and nobody worries about them. I just like my action and intonation to stay where I measured them.

      By "slots" do you mean indentations? My Ibanez has slight indentations under the strings in its "Ivorex II" saddle but nothing I'd call "slots."


    • lz4005
      lz4005 commented
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      koiwoi wrote:
      Most guitars I see have bridge saddle slots and nobody worries about them. I just like my action and intonation to stay where I measured them.

      Could you post a picture of a saddle that is too slotted to use?



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