08-02-2012 07:09 PM
08-02-2012 07:18 PM
08-02-2012 09:13 PM
No idea about brass saddles. Doesn't sound like something I'd want to try. Everything else aside, trying to file one down to fit would probably be a real bitch. But I do know this: Your avatar is brilliant! :thu: Regarding compensation, yes the point is to help with intonation. Intonation on a guitar is never quite *perfect.* A properly compensated saddle will tweak things just a bit closer to perfect.
anyone use one? how does it compare to other, more standard (e.g. plastic) materials? or how bout a compensated saddle? do they really help with intonation?
08-03-2012 02:15 AM
08-03-2012 05:49 AM
+1 Daion Guitars - late '70's / '80's did brass nut and saddle. They used solid Douglas Fir for their tops on their better models and laminate B/S's Brass can sound brash / course - dare I say 'metallic', I replaced a brass saddle with bone and the owner, a flatpicker liked the fuller - sweeter tone (his words).
Mostly, a brass saddle help lam-topped gutars that are a little muddy-sounding (adds brightness and sustain)... OTOH, sometimes a brass saddle can add too much brightness, making some guitars a bit shrill. Inexpensive enough to try, and easily reversed if you don't like how it sounds, though.
08-03-2012 06:59 AM
08-03-2012 12:45 PM
anyone use one? how does it compare to other, more standard (e.g. plastic) materials?
or how bout a compensated saddle? do they really help with intonation?
08-03-2012 12:53 PM
You'll find that on some budget guitars from the 50's and 60's as well. I've got a Stella set up that way. It works, sort of. I wouldn't recommend it. Compensation: For me is a must. Strings aren't perfect, but you can make them play much more in-tune with a compensated saddle.
Some very old guitars, Weissenborns and a few others used a piece of fret wire for a saddle,
08-03-2012 01:49 PM
Compensation: For me is a must. Strings aren't perfect, but you can make them play much more in-tune with a compensated saddle.
08-03-2012 02:21 PM
It isn't transmitting vibration for amplification purposes (unless there are piezo elements involved) but it still matters what it is made of. Just like bone or wood frets would sound different on an acoustic even though they are only the 'end of the string'.
But the saddle only acts as the "end of the string" - since is doesn't vibrate (much) it probably doesn't matter what it is made out of.
08-03-2012 04:31 PM
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