they were tricky to install... despite they were the right model for the particular guitar, they did not align properly and needed some filing and adjustment. Once in place, they did the job and solved the tuning problems
Entire installation took around 30 min , I was almost done when last saddle came apart , I glued it together just to play for awhile . After reporting problem to StewMac received new parts free of charge . Fantastic customer service. My nr 1 place for all guitar parts and tools
I wasn't having broken string issues so that's not why I installed these saddles in all of my Gibson Guitars. I only use the G,B,&E, string saddles in my bridges. Why, I like to cut the brightness a touch with these. Others use Nylon saddles but in my opinion Nylon is to soft of material. Delrin would be a better choice. I was going to machine my own saddles, however, I can't make them this cheap. No discernible sustain loss unless you play at extremely low volumes. What I do like about them is you can tailor fit these for height with a simple jewelers file. I would recommend these if your searching to achieve a darker bark from your Les Paul or SG. I play blues, in your face dark snarling solo's and these give me the tone I'm looking for. Yes, I do recommend this product.
Not excited. I'm 45 minutes into installing these in the the Stew mac Nashville bridge what is recommended. I have been a Luthier for 15 years never written a review about a product but this one just it no fun to install. Like I said I'm 45 minutes in and only have 3 installed on the bridge and my thumb is bleeding. I will not buy again. As one of the other reviews said. ( These are NOT universal fit ) What a pain. If I did not need to get this guitar out today I would send them back..
I bought these saddles to replace the steel saddles in my Tone Pros Nashville style bridge. I installed the saddles less than 5 minutes. The pre cut slots fit my strings (.010-.048) well. The tonal improvement was immediately noticed. The G string was free from that overtone that also seems to haunt TOM style bridges and every note is more articulate. I did not change strings after the saddle swap. The folks who use my guitar to audition my amps or record in my studio also commented positively on the change. I will be back for more for my other TOM style bridges.
Iwas having minor tuning problems with my MIJ Epiphone Les Paul Custom. I'm using a "Les Trem" and the guitar would get out of tune quickly. I substituded the brass saddles with the graphite saddles in the Nashville bridge & now this LP shounds better than ever & stays in tune! Fantastic!
I purchased the String Savers because my Fender Esprit was breaking the G string at the saddle. I play strictly slide on this axe so the saddle is raised putting a more acute angle on the strings. I have only been using them for a couple of months but no broken strings so far. I also put them on a Strat I use for slide and they cut the friction on the string so its much easier to stay in tune.
In each case I managed to break a piece during assembly (duh) but no problem. Stew Mac sent me a replacement each time pronto. Great customer service!
These are very nice saddles. They have a slightly mellower tone than the original saddles, but not muted. I have graphtech saddles in a Fender type hardtail bridge as well, and they really shine there. The only caution here is that I used these on an Ibanez bridge, which is closer to a Gotoh bridge than a Nashville, and there was some trimming necessary for fit. Probably should have switched out the bridge as well....
Fitted these to my Les Paul Studio. Had chronic string breaking problems for many years due to my heavy right hand technique.These babies solved the problem in under an hour. Easy to fit & have also made tuning smoother. I wish I would have had these 15 years ago..Ernie Ball has made a lot of money from me in that time : )
Put these on a 2009 lespaul Gold top. It was a good move for saving strings.
Did a little tuning on the shoulders for a perfect fit !
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