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nut and saddle replacement on IBJL Casino


BlueMeanie

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Guys i know that the 65' rev, sb, and other vintage casino's have different nut and saddle parts.. I wanted to pimp up my IBJL revolution and i was wondering what kind of parts i could replace them with to make it look a bit more accurate..

 

I was thinking bone or tusq? Thanks for the help!

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The nut was corian, which is basically a counter-top material. Pretty much plastic. If I was going to pimp it out, I'd definitely do bone. Which is what I'm going to do actually. I have an IBJL as well. As far as the saddles go, I think Lennon's and/or Beatles had nylon saddles. That's a preference call. I like steel saddles.

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Having both an Elitist Casino with bone nut and nickel saddles, and a pair of Elitist Lennon Casinos with corrian nuts and nylon sadlles, I would say that the corrian and nylon, even though they are sometimes regarded as "inferior" materials, are really integral to producing the vintage tone someone buying a ISBL might be looking for. They produce a a quicker decay after the initial note attack, and a rounder, growlier tone. A bone nut and metal saddles (brass, steel, zinc, etc.) will likely result in a sharper tone, with a faster attack and slower decay (which some would describe as more sustain).

 

Either way, each option (bone/metal or corrian/nylon) has its advantages, depending on what you want out of your instrument.

 

Good luck,

 

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I replaced the steel saddles on my Casino with GraphTech String Savers so you could do it, too. It was done a couple of years ago and I don't remember if there was any difficulty. The intonation has to be rechecked so unless you have a high-quality tuner (I'm using the Peterson Strobosoft) your tech would do that. There is some variation in the Tune-o-matic saddles you if you want the nylon ones you might just have to buy them and send them back if they don't fit.

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