60's Tune-O-Matic bridge with nylon saddles?

HRydarcik

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What are your opinions on the nylon saddles? Are there any advantages or disadvantages to them? How do they affect the tone of the guitar? The reason I'm asking is I had a 60s Casino and a 60s 335 12-string, both of them had the nylon saddles, I don't really remember and pros or cons to them, that was so long ago, but I always liked the look of them and now Gotoh offers a tune-o-matic with nylon saddles...thought I might slap one on my Tokai 335.
 

JDW3

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I replaced the nylon saddled bridge on my '60s SG and it came to life. Was very dull with the nylon.
 

jumpchamp

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i have a friend who has an epi casino (used to be his mom's!) that had the nylon saddles. they were pretty much destroyed though, to the point where the thing would buzz to no end no matter how high the bridge was raised up. i happened to have a modern TOM that i put on there for him. kept the old bridge of course, but the saddles were nearly unusable.

so, they might be easier on the strings, but the strings are certainly not easier on them :)
 

Rosewood

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The real nylon saddles on the old gibsons work pretty well. I had a 335 with those saddles and it sounded fine although you usually don't expect a 335 to be bright anyway.
 

PolyMorf

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I replaced the nylon saddled bridge on my '60s SG and it came to life. Was very dull with the nylon.
+1

I have a 1968 Univox with the nylon saddles. I replaced it with an aluminum Gotoh and the difference was DRAMATIC!
 

studiodunn

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they will be a warmer flatter sound and will not resonate nearly as well as a metal or alloy. I would choose a tunq or graphtech saddle over the nylon.

think of it this way - in manufacturing nylon is heavily used for its ability to dampen vibration.
 

trisonic

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I'm glad other people liked them - a pal of mine in England had the ES (with the tone switch - can't remember model number) and I loved playing it thru his "Blizzard of Nails" 100 watt VOX with the MRB (a Made in England one) - I was a little disappointed when he sold both and bought an SG c/w a 1959 Marshall to go touring..........this would be about 1969...

Best, Pete.
 

randy alameda

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Great novelty, but studiodunn is right, metal resonates!!! Have one, and I replaced the bridge w/a 'nashville' style, and am much happier!
 




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