I favor bone for nuts and saddles in all cases except one. This often means for us that we get out the laser guided, vacuum clamped, PC-310 powered saddle slot mill and clean up the slot a bit. Please note that this will not fit guitars with saddles that go through the bridge. That being said, bone is harder and lasts much longer than tusq, and its way prettier too. I bought a new TUSQ Saddle from StewMac to see if I could improve the action / sound on my Fender acoustic guitar. As far as the truss rod, check out Taylor's Tech Tip sheets (available on their site) on truss rod adjustment. I've replaced plastic saddles and nuts with bone on many instruments. In the old days they made saddles out of wood, and they still do on archtop guitars (the string tension pushing down on the saddle is different on archtops). Whether that difference is better or worse is highly subjective to the player. Among the most popular saddle materials used for professional-level guitar is fossilized mammoth ivory. rock). 6-month Special Financing Available ‡ Learn More. This is the tip sheet that also includes truss rod info.http://www.taylorguitars.com/sites/default/files/10_SymptomsofaDryG... © 2020   Created by Frank Ford. Share !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); I want a saddle to be able to be lifted out of the slot and move up and down freely with minimal effort but again very close tolerances to the saddle slot. However, bone saddles can take a while to break in, sounding thin and shrill when they are new. Those cool cats at Joyo’s new accessories brand, Guitto, that’s who! Howard Klepper. Easy! I'm a bone fan and all of the nuts and saddles that we make to order are bone, quality, well degreased bone. Thanks Peter :). Minimal mass means the NS Pro doesn’t weigh your guitar’s neck down (a potential concern when capoing at the 1st or 2nd fret) and its diminutive stature makes for easy fretting beside the capo. They do a great job of explaining it to owners with little to no set-up experience. Thalia claim to have solved the traditional capo’s tuning problems by matching their device’s fret pads to your guitar’s fretboard radius, thus requiring less pressure on the strings. That requires saddle & nut adjustments after the neck's straightness (with or without relief) is established, Changing out your saddle is a great 'first repair' to learn and I'm sure you'll do well. But I have tried graphite and I prefer bone over that. If it’s made of fabric, plastic or elastic, it’s out! I have D'Addario Phosphor Bronze custom lights on it (EJ26). Maybe I was too much of a 60's type person wanna be but I think that I can hear the difference between bone and plastic. We prefer the adjustable tension of the G7th – you need a bit of strength to click the Thalia into place. Bone can have wide variances in tone and sound quality as it is not something that can be quality controlled like Tusq can. Bargain! Yes, this is my guitar, I am the second owner. Facebook. £29.99 . It’s a bit of a yawn but at this price we’re really not complaining. With the Standard C series of capos Shubb have integrated many features previously only available in the S model. Tusq is harder than plastic, bone is harder still. Is real bone the best way to go? Well, in 2020, it has a natural competitor in the Ernie Ball Axis model, both being spring-loaded quick-release designs. There are better quality capos elsewhere in this list. Some of the brightness and sparkle, what I call the angels in the harmonics over top of the voice, is sacrificed in exchange for that added warmth and meat in the undertone and fatness in the fundamentals. The saddle was sanded down to .305 inches for comfortable play, but there was no break angle of strings over the saddle. Fix a rounded capo on a flat fretboard (or vice versa) and you’ll end up with unwanted string buzz (the noise made where strings aren’t fully clamped) and poor tuning (where strings are pushed sharp from over-tightening the capo). No problem! This is because the hardness of the material transfers the vibration of the string to the top of the guitar with more efficiency. The 110 is a great guitar for the money, I am very happy with it. If you run into problems or have questions....well.... we're here for ya. That’s where we come in, as we take a closer look at some of the best capos available today and for all budgets. It should not be used, in & of itself, to lower or raise the action. The other thing worth knowing, is that it is a fact that amongst Acoustic Players, Hiscox Hard Cases are greatly favoured as the best Quality versus Price. Tweet Powered by, Badges  |  Thalia’s premium priced offering delivers great tuning and intonation, Price: $75 | Type: Quick-release reverse fulcrum | Weight: 91g | Adjustable tension: No | Material: Die cast zinc | Suitable for: Six-string acoustic or electric guitar. I would recommend a fossilized mammoth ivory saddle for just about any combination of tonewood and top wood. This compensated acoustic guitar bone saddle will fit many Martin guitars, and works as an upgrade, or as a replacement for worn guitar saddles. Here's the only caveat to using bone in that situation: Bone may actually increase the high frequency content of your guitar. Among the most popular saddle materials used for professional-level guitar is fossilized mammoth ivory. Sure, it’s barely a 20-second task, but if you regularly move your capo around the fretboard or to a second guitar, the speed of a quick-release capo may be preferable.