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tusq vs bone bridge pins

tusq vs bone bridge pins

Scriptor. I decided to replace the tusq bridge and plastic pins on my new J-15 with bone ones from Bob Colossi. They are also increased to add a more focused singing up in higher harmonics and ring off the top voice. That's funny David. I am not trying to be contrary or a smart a$ I truly do not know why that is ?? Needless to say I quickly swapped it back out for tusq and that great tone was back. That doesn't mean that bone saddles can't work well with under-saddle pickups; I can certainly imagine being so lucky as to have a saddle with a dead spot just under the string that wants to be too loud through the PA. Terms & Conditions | Registered Trademarks.   Your link has been automatically embedded. I had a Gibson L-130 for a while and got better sound when I had my luthier make a bone saddle for it. The guy said that the Tusq is more consistent, which is important for the under-saddle pickup. Copyright 2019 Gibson Brands, Inc. All rights reserved. The product includes the same pins that are used in Martin guitars. Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion. The j-45, for example, is voiced with very low amplitudes of overtones, where guitars known for their brightness voice those overtones very strongly. Yep. Kelly.......When I've asked the people at Gibson the answer I received was the density of Tusq saddles transfer the string vibrations better than bone....especially for an under-saddle piezo pick up. The Tusq bridge pins are ideal for moderate treble and volume to the Martin guitars.   Pasted as rich text. Still have much to learn yet.   You cannot paste images directly. Also better intonation. Same on my L-130...although I haven't swapped back to Tusq. Tusq nuts have gone on to become standard in high quality guitars from manufacturers such as Taylor, Gibson and Tacoma. Cheers. I was originally after some "fancier" bone bridge pins with ebony and abalone inlays. I had a Gibson L-130 for a while and got better sound when I had my luthier make a bone saddle for it. Well, if you're talking about the unplugged sound, I'd suggest first and foremost that you not use and under-saddle pickup. Changed back to stock pins n saddle. The one no brainer is replacing plastic bridge pins with ebony, tusq, bone, heck I don't care. × In a production factory I'd say there's some truth to that. My preference in general is to temper bright guitars with bone, and to add a little ring to strongly fundamental guitars (like some Gibsons) with TUSQ. Bone, Tusq, fossil ivory, etc., all differ only slightly, and most of it is noticeable only in quiet room a/b tests, not in real life. Out of curiosity I called Gibson and asked why a guitar that retailed originally for something like $1,600 didn't have a bone saddle. Wow great job spectrum, very interesting and thanks for taking the time to explain all that.   Your previous content has been restored. I think this is why TUSQ sounds better on Gibsons; it creates a little ringing of higher order overtones, where bone would not deliver those overtones to the body in the first place. Bridge bone pins increase the purity of the essential notes, which helps out cheap guitars with bolt-on necks. yes i was refering to it more so used as a nut. As far as the acoustic tone without piezo....it's a mystery- but my ears hear it! I decided to replace the tusq bridge and plastic pins on my new J-15 with bone ones from Bob Colossi. Also better intonation. Does anyone have experience with the black buffalo horn as a nut material for an electric guitar? To me, pins tend to sound much the same unless they're of radically different material, like putting brass in there, which probably effects the entire bridge assembly in horrible ways. I didn't knowbone could vary but i am learning more and more everyday. They're not exactly known for cheaping out on materials. Upload or insert images from URL. The Gear Page is the leading online community and marketplace for guitars, amps, pedals, effects and associated gear. The opposite case, TUSQ in a guitar with strong voicing of overtones may become "harsh" because it rings the overtones at amplitudes too high to be complementary of the fundamentals. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. For those who are concerned about not affecting the acoustic tone of their instrument, I recommend soundboard-style transducers. By fundamental pitches, I mean the notes physically played on the guitar, and they correspond up to about 1,000 Hz. thanks. Privacy Policy | I am not trying to be contrary or a smart a$$ I truly do not know why that is ?? i've had reasonable success with bone and USTs by shining a flashlight through the blank and looking for even translucence, in the hope that it translates to even density. There's a reason Tusq sounds so good on our Gibsons :). By submitting this form you are agreeing to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. The problem with Bone and Ivory nuts & saddles is that they are organic materials. So is there a synthetic that sounds like bone? Corian has a ceramic-y hardness, still a bit softer than a good, glassy piece of dense bone, better than a chalky, crappy piece of bone. And Graphtech make them pre sized so that is why Gibson use them. Ivory bridge pins are a rare find these days, and most would agree that they’re not the most ethical product on the market. Corian has been good enough to stay on the Warmoth menu for some time. There's just something wrong with humans ain't it? 3. taking out the original rosewood pins, and no difference was noted. I've replaced plastic bridge pins (in Taylor's 100 series, possibly others?) You must log in or register to reply here. So do you know why that is?? Hanging the saddle of the guitar has more effect on the tone of a guitar as compared to bridge pins. I put Stew Mac bone pins on my Martin 000-28 EC type guitar and it made a great difference. I compared the frequency responses of bone and TUSQ, and I found that through the fundamental pitches, bone and TUSQ are nearly identical. But I digress. This therefore means they will have inconsistent soft or dead spots because of their natural grain. Their effect on the sound of an acoustic guitar is still an improvement over stock pegs. Hamburgers, boots and guitar saddles. Bone pins and saddle. My son ran into Rev. The bridge pins of Tusq are better than the regular plastic pins. Sandwiching a piece of soft material, like a pickup, between saddle and bridge is bound to have a negative effect on the tone of the instrument, as the soft material will damp vibrations. Out of curiosity I called Gibson and asked why a guitar that retailed originally for something like $1,600 didn't have a bone saddle.

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