Close

Micarta Saddle, 1/8" blank

4.5
  • 21 Reviews
  • Write a review
Buy more, save more!

Micarta Saddle, 1/8" blank

Item # 0211
In stock, ready to ship!

$4.46

12 or more $3.79
36 or more $3.12
 
Total:
Qty:
Scroll to Top

Micarta Saddle, 1/8" blank

About This Item

Softer than bone, and files easily. Micarta is an excellent synthetic bone substitute.

Specified by Martin for nuts and saddles since the 1960s. Ivory in color and a bit softer than bone, it files and sands easily and gives a uniform tone. Its uniform density is ideal for use with undersaddle transducer pickups. Each blank has a flat bottom surface; shaping and slotting required.

Blank
4-1/8" x 15/32" x 1/8"
(104.78mm x 11.91mm x 3.18mm)


Customer Reviews

  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Fair
  • Poor
Write a review
4.5
  • 4.52 average rating from 21 reviews
Sort by
5.0

Friend needed saddle and tuners.

By

Verified Buyer


Fast, reasonable and quick. Satisfied with both purchases from Stewmac

5.0

Great for spare

By

Verified Buyer


I bought this to use on an acoustic repair, but when i got the guitar inthe shop, it ended up being way too thick. Still good to have around.

5.0

Micarta is micarta. If you want authentic, or like you use it. It's not the linen Gibson Micarta.

By


This is whatever CF Martin used. Micarta is cloth or textile impregnated into a resin base. It is kind of soft, and makes for a great strumming rhythm acoustic guitar. It will tame some bright guitars, and on others it keeps string volume consistent. Gibson used Micarta in the 1960s, and you can see the cloth inside the resin. This is not quite the same, but the tone is very similar. It clogs files, so have a brass wheel brush and a Dremel on hand. It carves, shaves, files, grinds sands polishes, & shapes up just beautifully. If you can't work with it, try becoming a cabinet maker, or a plumber. I am super happy Stewmac carries Micarta blanks, & nuts!

5.0

Easy to Work

By

Verified Buyer


Bought this to replace a loose saddle in an old Yamaha FG160. As always with a blank, I had to do a little sanding on the thickness to fit the saddle slot; a bit of filing to get the height and a little cutting for the length but it worked well and the sound is much improved. It was a good choice over the old plastic saddle that was sliding from side to side and from front to back in the slot.

1.0

They have too much flex in them , ill stick with bone & tusq for under saddle pick up's.

By

Verified Buyer


I'll stick with bone

4.0

These come in handy.

By

Verified Buyer


The Micarta is a bit soft so it rolls off some highs but the material is of a consistent density which can help with string balance of under saddle pickups.
This stuff can come in handy.
Its good to keep in mind that all guitars are not created equal and that "string balance" of a pickup can be directly effected by the lack of balance of the guitar itself .
It can be hard to balance a pickup when the guitar itself is out of balance.
Still the Micarta saddle has its uses.

5.0

Micarta is a fine material

By

Verified Buyer


I was servicing an old 1975 OMI Dobro. The owner resides at the beach where the old wooden saddles had been affected by the moisture and had become sot and unresponsive, causing some of the strings to muffle. I replaced the saddles with micarta which not only cleared up the clarity issue, but made the sound more crisp. Micarta is easier to work with than bone but does seem to have a similar tonal response characteristic. Have done several bridges and the Dobro was a challenge, but a successful one because of the two saddles on the spider. One trick I did find was to make sure to lightly file the string groove almost parallel to the saddle to get rid of any micro-burrs before stringing it, and be careful to cut the grooves less than you might for bone or the maple. The tone really improves and it is not sensitive to moisture.

5.0

My first choice.

By

Verified Buyer


I've 'switched out' tested self-made saddles of bone, TUSQ, and micarta, and the micarta has dependably given me the best balance across the strings. TUSQ shines through the trebles, but lacks micarta's definition in the basses. Bone has performed well, though, sometimes it lacks consistency from string to string. Unlike the other two, micarta can bind when sawing.

5.0

What a difference a nut makes

By

Verified Buyer


Curious as to how much difference a saddle makes, I used a Micarta saddle to replace the broken original plastic one on an old Silvertone acoustic. I didn't think it was worth all the extra work of making a saddle for this guitar...until I played it. Very dramatic improvement in tone.

2.0

Back to bone for me.

By

Verified Buyer


Not great. Its tough, hard to file. Clogs up the files way too much. Didn't like it at all. Ho hum. Back to bone next time.

Showing 10 of 21 Read more reviews >>


StewMac PDF Catalog, page 7See Micarta Saddle, 1/8" blank
on page 7 of our StewMac Digital Catalog