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You Asked, We Answered: Top FAQs about Graph Tech String Saver Saddles

Apr 04, 2018
Metal saddles bind and rigidly lock strings in place, like a vice. Unfortunately, that means when you’re actually playing your guitar...
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"I've been using the String Saver Saddle with my guitar since 1996 or so and honestly I don't remember when I broke strings the last time. They really work!!" - Takeshi Akimoto

Metal saddles bind and rigidly lock strings in place, like a vice. Unfortunately, that means when you’re actually playing your guitar, all the string vibrations that occur naturally are causing excess metal fatigue. Eventually, the fatigue builds up to a point where the strings just snap.

Jam session: ruined. To avoid that situation, many musicians now opt for String Saver saddles. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty science behind how the saddles work, check out the details here.

Otherwise, here are some of the most common questions we get asked about String Savers:

What material are the String Saver saddles made from?

Graph Tech String Saver saddles are created using a carefully engineered resonant material that’s been infused with Teflon, reducing the friction that occurs between the saddles and the strings. The overall level of brittleness and metal fatigue decreases and prevents your strings from breaking. Each saddle is specifically formulated to deliver the right frequencies with the optimum transfer rate to the top of your guitar every time. 

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Will the PTFE wear off the saddles?

No. Each saddle is infused with PTFE, so its lubricating properties will never wear out.

What’s the difference between String Saver Saddles and TUSQ saddles?

Again, the difference lies in the PTFE. Since PTFE is 500% more slippery than graphite, it eases the grip of the saddle on the string, virtually eliminating string breakage. You will also notice a slight mid-range boost over TUSQ's slightly brighter sound.

What’s the difference between String Saver Originals and String Saver Classics?

String Saver Originals are created entirely from our proprietary String Saver material, whereas String Saver Classics are actually steel saddles with a small insert of the String Saver material where the string hits the saddle. In essence, String Saver Classics will retain the look and sound of your steel saddle while giving you the added performance boost of our String Saver Originals.

What if the strings start to dig into the saddle?

If you’re experiencing any kind of binding between your strings and the saddle, you can easily fold a piece of 200 grit sandpaper and gently sand off the notch sand. Because the material is consistent throughout the saddle, sanding down a portion of it won’t affect the quality of sound or workmanship of the piece.

Can I modify String Saver Originals for my guitar?

Due to the consistency of our String Saver Originals saddles, they are extremely easy to work with. You can easily modify a String Saver saddle with fine grit sandpaper or other commonly used shaping tools.

If you’re building a custom guitar yourself, here are some installation guides to help you out:

●     Acoustic Saddle Installation Instructions

●     Electric Saddle Installation Instructions

●     String Saver Floyd Rose Saddle Installation Instructions

How do I know what saddle to use for my Tune-o-matic bridge?

The best way to find what saddle will work best for you is to take a look at the markings on the underside of your bridge and then check our fitting chart for the saddle that will fit!

How do I know what saddle will fit my Strat or Tele style bridge?

The best way to determine what saddle you would need is to measure the E to E spacing of your current guitar. Use this sizing guide to help you out. If that doesn’t work, measure the width of one of your current saddles and check the listed dimensions on each product page to see what saddle to buy.

And there you have it! If you have any other questions about our String Saver saddles (or any of our other products) send us a message on Facebook or reach us using this contact form.

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