Replace Saddles

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  1. AxlGianne

    AxlGianne New Member

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  2. Jazzedout

    Jazzedout More Guitars than Time...

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    I had Graphtech (piezo) saddles on a core Custom 24 that are similar to the non piezo you posted. Can't say I heard any difference in sound or tuning stability / string brakeage...
    I had done it only for the piezo.
     
  3. MichaelS

    MichaelS I'm here for the free kool-aid...

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    A lot of people here like the John Mann saddles or even the whole trem (NOS2000)... www.guitarvaultusa.com
     
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  4. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    I had them on a 2003 CE 24 that I bought. I hated them, and couldn't get them off fast enough. Go with John Mann if you have to change them? Is something not working?
     
  5. Rider1260

    Rider1260 New Member

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    +1 if your making a change go Mann Made, I would get the whole bridge block and all it will make the most difference
     
  6. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf I'm a Dog! I do Dog Things!

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    their description is very accurate, you feel like the top end is gone, because it is. I've tried twice on two different guitars,
    and it just seems to change the tonal characteristics too much, they did sustain a little bit better on the typical Korean made guitars. but I removed them, within about two weeks. I tried to give them a chance, but they didn't make the cut.
    so I would not recommend them. but each player could decide for themselves.
     
  7. Ryu Kubo

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    It will change your tone. I use the graphite’s as I found it to resonate in larger frequencies than stock. Obviously tone is important, but it’s a much complicated blend of balance with inputs such as musical inclination, style you play, picking, and one nano second of how much longer you can leave your fingers in the string. For me, my PRS is a ten top with a Korina body with an unusual CE type bolt on 1 piece maple neck. Further, mounted with 2 super distortions thus configured a high-resonating high-output with raw body to neck transcendation. To the same respect the saddles and nut are changed to graphite.

    the reason is for enhanced output to maximize tone creation via pedals. Absurd? Nevertheless that’s my style. So wouldn’t necessary dis out graphtek, it goes down what your needs are and how creative you are wiling to go.
     
  8. GADonis

    GADonis New Member

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    I have GraphTech saddles on my Teles and a GraphTec adjustable bridge on my SE Soapbar II. I have no complaints.
     
  9. Egads

    Egads Happy

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    +1 for the Mann saddles (and bridge).
     
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  10. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    I didn't like them either.
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    I wanted to improve my guitar at the least cost coz I don't have much. I tried to avoid Mann because it is indeed expensive. So, I took a look at some saddles on eBay, then tried a whole bridge off Ebay. They all didn't work out. I checked out the Babicz and Wudtone too. They are both excellent bridges but I was worried they looked different on a PRS. I finally gave in and took a leap of faith and ordered a PRS/Mann vibrato tremolo bridge. I couldn't afford it (public school teacher pay) but took advantage of PayPal's interest free installment. When I finally received it, it's beauty just made my heart skip a beat! Build quality is amazing! It sounded a lot better than the import bridge too! It's well worth every dollar I paid for it (well... loaned for it)!

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  11. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    That photo sells the Mann bridge to me! So hot!!
     
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  12. AxlGianne

    AxlGianne New Member

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    I live in Italy, it's too expansive to buy Mann Made USA products
     
  13. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    Why change saddles? For SE it’s more important to add locking turners if it doesn’t have them already. My humble opinion.
     
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  14. RallyFanatic

    RallyFanatic Perpetual musical mid-life crisis

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    Locking tuners and I also found that the core nut makes a great, cheap improvement.
     
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  15. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    Right! I forgot about core nut ;)
     
  16. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    These two are spot on.
     
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  17. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    I really wanted to hate the molded saddles on my S2, but the truth is they are just fine.

    If you're going to upgrade, do it right and get PRS Core or John Mann parts.
     
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