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View Poll Results: Results of Bone saddle upgrades ... multiple choices allowed
Cedar Top - kept the Bone 19 35.19%
Cedar Top - reverted to Tusq 3 5.56%
Sitka Top - kept the Bone 37 68.52%
Sitka Top - reverted to Tusq 6 11.11%
Adirondack Top - kept the Bone 8 14.81%
Adirondack Top - reverted to Tusq 0 0%
Englemann Top - kept the Bone 8 14.81%
Englemann Top - reverted to Tusq 2 3.70%
Koa Top - kept the Bone 2 3.70%
Koa Top - reverted to Tusq 0 0%
Other Tops - kept the Bone 7 12.96%
Other Tops - reverted to Tusq 0 0%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 54. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-23-2011, 08:44 AM
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Default Tusq vs Bone

OK ... cut me some slack ... this is my first attempt at a poll ... just wanted to get an idea how many Taylor owners were pleased with a Bone upgrade and how many went back to Tusq ...
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:08 AM
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Bone sounded better to me than the Tusq.

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Old 06-23-2011, 04:19 PM
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Cool poll, Scriptor. I voted for Spruce, kept the bone, but in reality I'm not yet decided. I like certain things about the tusq tone, and others about the bone.

In general, I like what bone does to the trebles - rounds them out beautifully. As for the wounds, I feel like bone makes them more fundamental, with a slightly less complex sound. But I did notice on my last swap from T to B that it markedly increased the sustain on the low E. So for now, I'm with bone. Might change at some later point.

I think other confounding factors on the whole tusq to bone thing include string type (80/20 vs PB, coated vs uncoated) and playing style.

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Old 06-23-2011, 04:48 PM
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I've had good luck with Bob Colosi's bone saddles over Tusq in a variety of guitars, not just Taylors. But I also recognize that not everyone is happy with bone, and thank goodness, the experiment is always reversible.

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Old 06-23-2011, 05:39 PM
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I'm with Glenn. I put bone on three guitars so far, and I've kept it on all of them. I'm sure I'll be putting it on the last one soon.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:44 AM
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I may be the odd man out. I voted back to Tusq.

I first put a Colosi bone saddle on my GA3 and didn't care for the thin sound.
I traded the GA3 for a GA4 and again, same results.
I also purchased a GS4e ltd (Tas/Sitka) and again I thought that the guitar sounded better with the Tusq.

My GS4e ltd was traded for a 414ce ltd (RW/Sitka) and in all fairness, I have not put a bone saddle on this guitar. I like the way is sounds and I haven't had very good luck with bone on my Taylors.

I think that it depends on the guitar. My other guitars have benefited greatly from the bone saddle.
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What!!?? Mahogany is an afterthought? Also-ran? "Other top?"

Just mildly kidding.

Koa topped GC: kept the bone; rounded it out, sounded like a bell, sustain ++

Spruce topped 355: kept the bone; sustain and separation / clarity

Mahogany topped Baby Taylor(s) (2): kept the bone; increased the overall quality of the tone significantly

Mahogany topped Alvarez entry-level: kept the bone; increased the overall quality

Mahogany topped Taylors: went with WAHI rather than bone because Bob said the mahogany could handle the increased trebles; kept the WAHI - increased sustain, "color" or the tone, "roundness" of the notes; decreased "sharpness" of tone

Rainsong OM: I have the bone but haven't replaced the Tusq yet. I'm expecting much the same - increased sustain, roundness of note, bell-like quality.

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What!!?? Mahogany is an afterthought? Also-ran? "Other top?"

Just mildly kidding.
Sorry Phil ... no disrespect intended, mild or otherwise, for Mahogany ... thanks so much for your feedback ...
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Rainsong OM: I have the bone but haven't replaced the Tusq yet. I'm expecting much the same - increased sustain, roundness of note, bell-like quality.

Cheers,

Phil
Phil, I did try a Colosi bone saddle in my Rainsong and I thought that coupled with the Elixirs, the tone was just too muted. But I'm of a mind to try again since my perspective definitely changes over time.

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