REVIEW IN TEXT
saddle singers floyd rose string break solution
Review written by Dave Gladden of ‘Guitar’ Magazine
are the brainchild of Dave Beeson of DB Enterprises.
Frustrated and annoyed by the alarming frequency with
which he found strings breaking on his Floyd Rose trem equipped guitar.
Dave remembered the old
maxim – when the going gets tough, the tough get inventing.
His solution to string breaks at the saddle
was this – a set of specially shaped brass shims that install in seconds and dramatically increase the life expectancy
of strings fitted thereafter.
To understand how Saddle Singers work one must appreciate that plain guitar strings and the cores of
wound strings are made of extremely hard steel – often considerably harder than the metal used for the bridge saddles
In time, the clamping surface of the saddle begins to wear, and clamping efficiency is reduced.
had trouble with your plain strings slipping out of tune?)
The contact point between the top of the saddle
and the string is also subject to wear and tear, and again a little groove eventually appears in the top of the saddle.
At each side of this groove a sharp edge develops, and it is this edge that proves to be the string killer.
The thinnest plain strings and the thinner wound strings are obviously the most vulnerable, but once saddle
wear starts to occur any string is liable to premature expiry.
The idea behind Saddle Singers’ brass
shims is that they provide constantly renewable surface at both the contact and clamping points.
of brass is that it is soft enough to allow itself to deform, effectively smoothing out the points of wear and conforming
to the perfect shape to hold and support the string securely.
Singers do alter the tone of your guitar and in a very positive way.
You will still be able to pull
all of your favourite split harmonic squawks and chirps but with Saddle Singers fitted your rhythm tones will sound noticeably
richer, fuller and a lot more commanding.
This to me is the real surprise – that things so small
can have such a big effect on tone.
That each string is now sitting on what is effectively a brass sleeved
saddle will make some difference, but it’s noticeable also that the break angle (the angle the string takes downwards
over the bridge) becomes more acute, and this also seems to contribute to an improved tone.
Given that some
players are abandoning trems altogether purely to maximise tone, Saddle Singers offer a far less radical solution.
Having given the Saddle Singers to several guitarists
for extensive field tests, TMG found that a set of strings was still going strong – at best – nine months
after fitting (this being in line with Beeson’s own claim of an 8 – 12 month working life).
The general experience is that the strings
are more likely to suffer a slow natural death than suddenly break from fatigue. Interestingly, the players with the most
tortuous trem technique felt they got the best value from these devices.
No more broken strings, better tuning stability and better tone….and all for £x.
Saddle Singers are considerably cheaper and more convenient than replacing an entire set of saddles.
you can find someone prepared to order new saddles for you) so they have to come highly recommended.
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