Why hardware is the key to great guitar tone

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  1. SinSir

    SinSir Mad Scientist

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    #1 SinSir, Oct 20, 2021
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  2. aphantomvaper

    aphantomvaper New Member

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    Good article. Never heard of a nylon bridge though!
     
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  3. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    I remember Gibson using plastic (nylon, I think) bridge saddles in the 335 for a while. Some people liked them, but it just seems like a really bad idea. No personal experience there, but I’m not shopping for an opportunity! Seems I remember seeing Joe Bonnamassa with one in a rig rundown somewhere… so maybe it works with enough volume. :)
     
  4. SinSir

    SinSir Mad Scientist

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    You're absolutely right! I've seen them before too, even in the wild not too long back at a vintage shop. I seem to remember the shop owner saying they were to help with string binding?
     
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    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    I think so, maybe as a fix for the weirdness of trapeze end pieces or Bigsby trems (ugh). It wasn’t a long-lived idea, for whatever reason.
     
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  6. John Beef

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    Yeah, I think it was the John Lennon Casino that came with nylon saddles, because that's what Lennon's Casino had in on it 1965 or whatever year it was.
     
  7. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Interesting article, and...based on my ears...true.
     
  8. Fullmoon 1971

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    Gibson switched to nylon saddles on all semi's (Gibson & Epiphones) in 1964 thru to the mid 70's. I use nylon saddles on my 2014 Gibson traditional LP. Like @RickP said a couple Joe Bonamassa semi's feature nylon saddles and at least 2 of his LP's have a mixture of nylon saddles on the low strings and brass on the high ones. I find that the nylon takes away a little of the sharpness of the Gibson "59" Tribute pickups

    blasphemy I know but heres mine
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    I firmly believe that the 2 piece bridge on the 594, etc. is the source of much of the clarity on those instruments. Lots of overtones in there. My PRS with the stoptail are a little stronger in the fundamental, more "grunt," which isn't a bad thing either, I'm actually very happy to have both at my disposal because it's all about what the situation calls for.
     
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    Fantastic read. Thanks for sharing that article.
     
  11. Aahzz

    Aahzz Bluebeard Member

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    That was a good read. Even before reading it, I've been convinced that the bridge that some find so weird is the absolute key to the magic that is the Vela.
     
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  12. John Mann

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    The story of my life...

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    Excellent article. The word I'd like to use, and not to be trite, is Synergy. That's where the ultimate effect of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
    My 594 SC is a perfect example of that.
     
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