Unbleached Bone Saddles

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Our unbleached bone is harder than bleached white bone, and has a mottled cream vintage look. Its hardness and density contributes to good tone, it polishes well, and it allows more precise filing.

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For Martin® and classical guitars
LENGTH x HEIGHT x THICKNESS
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Unbleached Bone Saddles For Martin, blank

For Martin, blank

Blank
4-1/4" x 15/32" x 3/32"
(107.95mm x 11.91mm x 2.38mm)
Item # 6030-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$6.97

12 or more $5.99
24 or more $5.16
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Unbleached Bone Saddles For Martin, shaped

For Martin, shaped

Pre-shaped
4-1/4" x 25/64" x 3/32"
(107.95mm x 9.92mm x 2.38mm)
20" (508mm) top radius
Item # 6033-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$12.79

12 or more $11.00
24 or more $9.46
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Unbleached Bone Saddles Shaped Martin Intonated Saddle

Shaped Martin Intonated Saddle

Compensated and Pre-shaped
4-1/4" x 13/32" x 3/32"
(107.95mm x 10.21mm x 2.38mm)
20" (508mm) top radius
Item # 6033-VS
In stock, ready to ship!

$15.63

12 or more $13.44
24 or more $11.57
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For Gibson® and classical guitars
LENGTH x HEIGHT x THICKNESS
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Unbleached Bone Saddles For Gibson, blank

For Gibson, blank

Blank
4-1/4" x 15/32" x 9/64"
(107.95mm x 11.91mm x 3.57mm)
Item # 6031-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$8.55

12 or more $7.35
24 or more $6.33
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Unbleached Bone Saddles For Gibson, shaped

For Gibson, shaped

Pre-shaped
4" x 25/64" x 1/8"
(101.60mm x 9.92mm x 3.18mm)
10" (304.8mm) top radius
Item # 6034-V
In stock, ready to ship!

$12.95

12 or more $11.14
24 or more $9.58
12 or more $11.54
24 or more $9.93
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Unbleached Bone Saddles For Gibson, shaped

For Gibson, shaped

Compensated and Pre-shaped
4" x 13/32" x 1/8"
(101.60mm x 10.21mm x 3.18mm)
10" (254mm) top radius
Item # 6034-VS
In stock, ready to ship!

$13.42

12 or more $11.14
24 or more $9.58
12 or more $11.54
24 or more $9.93
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Oversize for compensated saddles
LENGTH x HEIGHT x THICKNESS
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Unbleached Bone Saddles Vintage Bone Saddle 4" x 1/2" x 1/4"

Vintage Bone Saddle 4" x 1/2" x 1/4"

Blank
4" x 1/2" x 1/4"
(101.6mm x 12.7mm x 6.35mm)
Item # 6032-V
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$10.90

12 or more $9.37
24 or more $8.07
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Details

Our unbleached bone is harder than bleached white bone, and has a mottled cream vintage look. Its hardness and density contributes to good tone, it polishes well, and it allows more precise filing.

Stewart-MacDonald is your source for quality bone!
Bone is traditionally favored for quality instruments.

Blank saddles have oversize length and height, for custom shaping in your shop. They're ready for trimming, filing, sanding and slotting.

Pre-shaped saddles will save you a LOT of work—a head start for the novice, and a timesaver for the busy shop. The sizes have been carefully researched, and accurately radiused, so that minor trimming, slotting, and sanding are usually all you'll need to do.

Good news: our super-hard vintage-look unbleached bone saddles are available with B-string compensation too, so you'll save even more time! Minor trimming and height adjustment are usually all you'll need to do.

"These pre-radiused saddles save me LOADS of shaping time. Bone is my favorite material for great tone, too."
—Erick Coleman, StewMac tech advisor


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Unbleached Bone Saddles

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perfect for lower action

By DaveF from KY
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 03, 2013


I like lowering the action on guitars I purchase. These narrower saddles work great with my Gibson's. Cut the length, radius the top and the height is perfect for me.

Unbleached bone saddle

By Gene Mothershed from Beckville, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 08, 2013


I bought a saddle to replace one that was too low. It was slightly different from the exact one I needed, but no problem. With a little careful fitting and sanding, it fit perfectly. The sound was clean and a vast improvement over the plastic saddle I replaced.

6030-V Unbleached Blank

By ZB from Iowa
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 23, 2013


This saddle did exactly what I was hoping it would do. Since placing my initial order, I've ordered more. My primary guitar, a Morgan Monroe M-10, while not terribly expensive, sounds great and is a joy to play. However, the action was set fairly low, and when the temperature and humidity started to drop this past fall, I started getting some nasty fret buzz. I looked into shimming the saddle that came with the guitar, but when I removed it, I realized that it already had two shims in place. I actually did shim it further, and while this did help (along with some tweaking of the trussrode) the shimmed saddle wasn't seated into the slot far enough and was leaning forward from the string pressure.
I'm no luthier, and I've never attempted anything similar before, but I really wanted to raise the saddle properly, with bone, and get rid of the plastic saddle and shims. I order the blank, and with some sandpaper and files I copied the general shape of the original plastic saddle. It took some time, probably more than an hour, but again I hadn't attempted this before. The blank was initially too thick for the slot, but after some tweaking, I finally had a saddle that fit properly, alleviated the fret buzz while keeping the action still relatively low, and perhaps my ears are deceiving me, but I think it sounds better too. I recommend anyone, with similar problems, not hesitate to give this a try for themselves. It wasn't particularly difficult, even for a first-timer, and I'm delighted to have taken care of the problem without having to pay someone else or having to go without my instrument while it was in the shop. I'm happy with this product, for sure.

Bone = Tone!

By Crawfish from Maryland, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, December 03, 2012


These saddles are fabulous. As others have said, they are a vast improvement over plastic. The unbleached saddles look great polished up; the bleached ones look too 'white' for my taste.

I see some folks commenting on the sizing. Seriously? This is a natural product that is meant to be shaped by hand for a custom fit. You're complaing about having to take a 64th of an inch off? Are you kidding?

Unbleached Bone Saddle for Martin Guitar

By Ben H. from Barstow, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 18, 2012


This was an amazing purchase for restoring my 40 yr old guitar. I had to do some filing and it was ready for install. When coupled with the unbleached bone nut (also from Stewart-MacDonald) the sound is HUGE. Because of the unbleached bone the sustain, volume, and bite sounds like a Martin. The Citation guitar my Dad gave me when I was 10 Is a guitar I will play to the grave and pass on to my son. The look is amazing as well. A great deal.

Bone Saddle

By Phil W from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 11, 2012


High quality bone with a uniform structure and density. Takes a polish really well and looks great.

Great Experience

By John Estep from Norwood, OH.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 13, 2012


Just finished processing the unbleached bone saddle for my Martin HD-35 that was built from a Kit (Not me). I was a bit surprised to receive the long saddle instead of the short drop in, but after reviewing the catalog I saw that it was the only one available. Anyway, I just cut it to length, and sanded it down to fit the action on the fingerboard. I had previously installed a bleached compensated bone saddle and was not quite satisfied, so, I bought the unbleached straight saddle. There was all the difference in the world between the two. The volume and sustain went up probably 20%, I am totally satisfied with the results.

I also bought the slotted unbleached bone nut to match, but I haven't installed it as yet. I can't imagine the sound could get much better, but I still have a sing in the "E" open 1st string when picked at a certain spot that the new nut might remedy.

Thanks so much for the great quality of your parts and accessories.

John

Unbleached Bone Saddles

By Deac from Goldfield
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 11, 2012


1st time ordering a saddle. I like the product, strong, and easy to work with.

Unbleached Saddle and Nut

By JMandoblues from Ladera Ranch, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 13, 2012


I have installed Stewmac unbleached saddles in two of my acoustics that I have owned over the years, paired with an unbleached nut it is remarkable how the sound come alive with boosted bass and clear extended highs. I would recommend to anyone who has a plastic saddle and nut to immediately replace them with unbleached bone for a better acoustic experience.
Thanks Stewmac for all of your support and great service that you have given me over the years.

Only one small problem

By John Patterson from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 08, 2012


The size of the bone saddle was incorrect being more like 7/64's than 3/32's as advertised which ment I had to spend some considerable time sanding down the saddle to the correct thickness. However the end result was worth the trouble.

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