Why You Should Upgrade to a Bone Saddle

You’ve likely read much praise about bone saddles and have noticed that almost all high-end guitars come with bone saddles. So, should you upgrade to a bone saddle? Probably. Here are three reasons to help you decide.

Tonal Differences

Inexpensive plastic saddles have weak tone, and a quality bone saddle will sound better – more volume, better clarity, richer tone. However, Tusq saddles are on par with quality bone saddles, but Tusq produces a brighter, cleaner tone, whereas bone produces a warmer, richer tone. Wondering which one is for you? Check out our article on Tusq Versus Bone Saddles for more information.

Durability

Inexpensive plastic saddles installed at the factory can break easily. Additionally, the strings will slowly gouge slots into saddles of almost any material (except maybe carbon saddles), but with inexpensive plastic saddles, those gouges arrive much more quickly and can lead to lowered action and buzzing. A bone saddle will hold up much better.

Aesthetics

Plastic saddles look like, well, plastic. Bone has a natural look that complements the natural look of wood well. Additionally, bone is available in bleached or unbleached. New guitar? Go with bleached bone. Vintage guitar? Go with unbleached for a distressed look. Bone saddles typically come unpolished, which matches to a satin finish well. But if have a gloss finish and want a shiny look, bone polishes well.

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