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« on: October 18, 2015, 10:59:58 am »

One of my old worn out Martin guitars  needed a new saddle. Most quality Luthiers use bone which I didn't have so I thought hey, why not try some New Mexican Agate as my shop is set up as both a wood and lapidary shop.

I'm just guessing itís the only Martin out there with a Agate saddle.....Works as I thought, nice bright, even sustain. Strings may wear faster than if I used bone (its more forgiving on the bronze strings) ...Itís making of course was an exercise in patienceÖ

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Kent


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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2015, 11:02:21 am »

Lovely!
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2015, 11:43:36 am »

I am thinking if you got your notches smooth, you will not have a problem with excessive wear at that point.
A very creative idea and well implemented! Thanks for sharing.
Bill
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2015, 12:05:58 pm »

Bill,

Saddles in guitar bridges are not "notched". Any indents in traditional saddles (plastic, or bone or synthetic) are from age due to wear and the saddle being softer than the strings. Strings need to have minimal contact with the saddle so the tops of saddles are rounded over to allow for less contact. More contact dissipates the vibrations onto the guitar top "soundboard".  Wear would be caused by vibrations from playing and the high tension point load of the strings. Strings, being softer, are going to wear, I just don't know how much or how soon. This is kinda an experiment for me.

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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2015, 01:15:00 pm »

Got it... all three of my guitars are worn well and I am not the guy that puts them together. A nice round top side should not be too abrasive.
My wife has her late sons guitar which has a loose bridge, adhesive failure, so it will not stay in tune... maybe this will inspire me to take it apart and see if I can get it right.
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