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What are your thoughts on WAHI, Bone and Tusq? I have A/Bd ivory and bone, but I've not thrown tusq into the mix. I have some tusq, but never changed to bone or ivory on them.
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I really like the WAHI,for replacement nuts especially.I do all my own work, and WAHI's $$ encourage building it right. The sound from WAHI is "bolder" to my ears on open strings.( I really don't understand why zero frets aren't used more). Bone is fine too.(subtle difference to ivory) Tusq sounds good also,but to me on some guitars it has a twangy sound. I have a maple Taylor GS that sounds it's best w/Tusq nut and saddle.(seems to go to sleep w/bone or ivory ??)Using Tusq that has to be fitted , as opposed to dropping right in works better.Tusq seems to work better w/USTs most of the time also.
The bone and ivory depends a lot on the material quality.With semi-polished ivory you can tell how the grain runs. I've had good results using pieces w/grain lenghtwise. Seens to work and sound better. With bone, I hold the blank up to a strong light and look for dark spots. I use the ones w'no or few dark spots. The dark spots seem softer. You can't see light through a good WAHI saddle blank.(Bob Colosi radiused blanks are great).
All that being said,fit is probably as important as anything.When I ran my shop, any guitar older than 5 or 6 years got the bottom of the saddle slot trued up nice and flat. ($50.00 extra) A flat slot is essential IMHO for optimum vibration transfer.
On the other hand,I have a Taylor dread that I lessened the contact under the G string. The G wolfed at every fret, but that evened her up. I like a saddle that is snug in the slot. Some bone blanks won't true up if they're not thick enough to begin with. My bone is water buffalo from the Far East. I bought oversized blanks a dozen at a time and use the good ones,and experiment w/the rest.Out of a dozen there's usually 3 or 4 that are pure crap, and 3 or 4 that are really good.I've not bought any in about 5 yrs, so I don't know what it's like now.
Yea that Adi top is brand new. I'm been giving her the "Prime Vibe " treatment. She has about 50 or so hrs on her and probably 10 hrs playing. I can hear a difference already. I usually don't name my guitars,but I ordered her with a plain rosette and super small position markers. Her name is Plain Jane, and she's developing into a killer acoustic. One of the most responsive guitars I've ever had the pleasure to play. The Gotoh machines are great.Heres a link to more pics of Jane
s1067.beta.photobucket.com/user/ ... r/library/
Click on Show Albums and Stories. There's a ton of guitar pictures,in all states of repair. Some of these I still have and would sell for a pittance of what I've in them.