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Here's the deal......I decided to take a shot at lowering the action just a bit on my HG, but wanted to keep the original saddle intact, since it sounds great, and plays well as is. My local shop had a compensated Tusq blank that he gave me to try out. Any opinions on tonal changes I might can expect? I've heard Tusq is more consistant than bone, with minimal tonal differences. But, you guys are the experts! I've got the new saddle rough cut to shape and size, and will be installing it later this week, and giving it the final *tweeks*.

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I have some hippo ivy when I get some time Ill cut you a piece to try out...

 

if you want...might have to wait about 2 weeks, still working on the rental unit.

 

this stuff is rock hard....to me this is the best you can get....take a look...


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Thanks Ron! I'll be glad to give it a try. Always game to learn something new. Shoot me an email, or post here when you get one cut. There's no big hurry. I can practice on hte Tusq saddle before tackling bone!

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Personally I use tusq for the everyday jobs on the shop, really improve a guitar to remove the sh**y plastic nuts and put tusq (I even replace Tune O Matic saddles with tusq). But for Hy quality instruments I use ivory, pearl and ebony. For example I sandwich I/A/P to make the nut...

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Thanks Ben. I figured Tusq was good to learn on, especially since it was a freebie. The laminate idea has got me curious! Do you split the section up the strings rest on to get different tonal responses? (Example, strings 1 & 2 sit on pearl, and 3-6 on ivory)

Again, this is a learning project. My goal is to not change the tone and volume of the instrument, or at least have a minimal impact on it. If I blow it, or the Tusq degrades the tone, the original saddle goes back in, and all is well in the world!


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Hello:

       I use the ivory to act as the real nut and ebony to make it wider, pearl is for the look. Even if you can make a nut out of pearl too!

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Dang, that hippo stuff looks cool! i dont have any real opinions about the tusq topic other than i also hate the cheep plastic bridges that come on cheep guitars..... i personally use cow bone that i get from a giant bone pile on my uncles cattle ranch in North Dakota, it STINKS (like death) when i sand it, and my dog Red likes that ... but i find that it makes great saddles and nuts, sometimes i have used rosewood or purple heart for the nut and they seem to work well too... have a great day everybody!!!

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