#1
Some of you may remember, I recently bought a cheap Strat. Anyways, I hate the saddles on it. They look really poor quality, and I'd like to upgrade them. However, I'm confused over whether to get some cast saddles, or bent ones, and what the differences in tone etc are, if any. The saddles on my Strat currently are of the "bent" variety.



They work OK for the moment, but the guitar is pretty new, and they don't inspire me with confidence. I don't really want to judge all bent saddles based upon how I don't like the ones on my really cheap guitar. So, can anyone tell me if there's any tonal difference (or sustain, etc) between these two:



?
#2
Bent is what was used on the old fenders.
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#4
well one's solid and one is sheet metal. Different tone more than anything else, I think.
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LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
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Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
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#5
If by cast you mean like cast steel or w/e the way the make cast iron, it makes the molecular bonds in the metal less stable, causing it to be more brittle.
That's pretty much all i can offer.
#7
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OK, cool. Does anyone know if there's a difference in sound or anything like that? There must be a reason why Fender went over to the cast ones.

They probably switched because it is cheaper.
#8
Yeah i would imagine that bent gets better resonance and sound wave transfer than cast due to weaker bonds. Maybe you could try the Guitar Customizing forum?
#10
i'm not a vintage expert by any means, but i think if you want a more vintage-accurate tone, go with bent.
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#11
Well, I dunno the science behind it, but intuition tells me that bent saddles will sound thinner and twangier, due to their smaller contact area with the string and rest of the bridge.

I prefer block saddles myself, cos I rest my hand on the bridge a lot. 'Tis comfy on block saddles.