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BIGDB
03-29-2013, 08:00 AM
Anyone have a ebony nut and saddle on there ukulele? i read somewhere that they wear down really easy and you have to change it a lot. Is that true or do they hold up good? And how do they sound?

dismount
03-29-2013, 08:02 AM
BIGDB, check out my thread "experimenting with martin s-1 saddles" Dismount

chrimess
03-29-2013, 08:03 AM
They hold up OK for me and have nice sustain, even rosewood which is very traditional but (I consider it) not very durable has performed well on my Kelii.

BIGDB
03-29-2013, 08:10 AM
BIGDB, check out my thread "experimenting with martin s-1 saddles" Dismount

Thanks! I checked it out but i didn't see anything on how they hold up

BIGDB
03-29-2013, 08:10 AM
They hold up OK for me and have nice sustain, even rosewood which is very traditional but (I consider it) not very durable has performed well on my Kelii.

Do you think you'll ever have to replace the cause that's what I'm worried about

chrimess
03-29-2013, 08:53 AM
Do you think you'll ever have to replace the cause that's what I'm worried about
I'd give them at least 5 years/30 string changes.

dhoenisch
03-29-2013, 08:59 AM
I have a couple antiques that have the ebony nut and saddle. The saddles do wear down with grooves in them, but they don't go that deep. The nuts seem to hold up just fine. I've replaced the nuts due to chips in them. However, obtaining a piece of ebony is no big deal if you ever need to replace them.

Also, if it helps, I have a 1950's Harmony uke with a mahogany bridge and integrated saddle, and a rosewood nut. The bridge/saddle is original to the uke, and I'm quite sure the nut is as well, and are both still in operation to this day.

Dan

Nicko
03-29-2013, 10:36 AM
There are an awful lot of 75-year-old vintage instruments out there and in use that are sporting original ebony saddles and nuts, I think.

rpfrogner
03-29-2013, 02:34 PM
There are an awful lot of 75-year-old vintage instruments out there and in use that are sporting original ebony saddles and nuts, I think.

Exactly! Most all vintage Martin Style 0, 1, & 2's from the mid 20's have them :)

AncientMatingCalls
03-29-2013, 03:15 PM
I cut an ebony nut for my mandolin and it seems to be doing just fine. I can't really speak to its longevity just yet.

OldePhart
03-29-2013, 03:28 PM
Ebony is simply not going to last like bone or the synthetic replacements for bone...but I would think it would do quite well compared to most varieties of rosewood.

Also, there are a lot of vintage ukes with ebony or rosewood saddles and many of them are playable. It's not so much a case of wear as compression, and once the wood compresses a certain amount it doesn't seem like it would compress much beyond that.

John

dismount
03-29-2013, 04:09 PM
My way of thinking after working a lot of years dealing with wood compression, I think a little groove in the saddles means your getting really good contact ,string to saddle and makes for a fuller sound.