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J-15 Bridge Pins

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I'm sure this topic has been covered somewhere on this forum but I suppose I'll revive it! Correct me if I'm wrong but the bridge pins that come with the J-15 are plastic so I've heard? If that is the case, does anyone agree that switching to something like bone improves tone? (Not that it really needs improvement. The guitar kicks butt). Just curious to hear other's opinions on this.

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Yes plastic. You should be able to see a line running the length from the mold.

Some can hear an improvement in tone from bone, some can't. More folks hear a more noticeable change if they use brass pins. But it's subjective as to whether it's an 'improvement'.

I changed to bone on mine - because of a aversion to cheap looking pins.

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Very subjective! I left the bridge pins on my J-15 on. Actually, all 5 of my Gibson acoustics still have the stock pins in place.

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I put brass ones with pretty pearloid buttons on my J-45 at my first string change 19 years ago, I doubt it did more than lighten my wallet.

 

2 years ago I put the original J-45 pins on my Fender Sonoran, I doubt it did much good there either, but it gave me something to do. Not sure if those were bone or plastic.

 

 

Now I have a set of black plastic Fender pins with a while dot on em I need to buy a guitar for.

 

It’s a viscous cycle we can never escape.

Edited by AngelDeVille

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An all solid wood Gibson acoustic guitar with plastic pins?

Shame...

Go find some bone ones.

By the way what is the material of the nut&saddle of this J15?

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An all solid wood Gibson acoustic guitar with plastic pins?

Shame...

Go find some bone ones.

By the way what is the material of the nut&saddle of this J15?

 

Pretty sure they are Tusq, pins, saddle and nut.

 

Older models had glossy plastic pins, now they look different. As discussed previously Gibson's acoustics are well priced guitars and they prefer to invest in solid wood than bone pins, then the owner can decide to upgrade or not.

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Yes, they are plastic or Tusq. I always swap them out for bone pins...but only for some bling. Never noticed a significant change in tone.

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