I bought the original, all black, graphtec saddles some years ago and didn't get on with them at all. To me, they sapped a lot of tone and although they didn't break strings the detriment in sound was enough for me to never use them again. However, despite this I thought I'd give the classic metal ones a go and put them on a Blade Super Vee. What an improvement! Somehow even though they still have the strings resting on teflon ?/? they actually sound even better than pure steel saddles. Loads of bite depth and harmonics. Thank you Graphtec. A great product. Oh yes and the strings don't break either even with dive bombs and pull backs :-)
First time I mounted these saddles on my strat and my conclusion is - besides saving strings - the acoustic zingg improved substantially, and in consequence the overall amplified sound too. I recommend to put also the Tusq nut since the two together make a complete tandem. What you also experience is a major improve on bending your strings since both saddles and nut are lubricated for life. Smooth bending with less effort. I will change all my guitars (Teles, Les Pauls) to this system little by little. Really a no brainer!
My next wish are the Ratio tuners from these guys; a major improve too!! These canadians deliver good stuff.
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