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DMC Brass Saddle Screws 59 aged

DMC Brass Saddle Screws 59 aged

Ltd. Run of ABR-1 Nonwire ABR-1 Flathead Screws. Sold as set of 6 aged screws!


In spite of their tiny dimensions (less than 1/3”), the brass saddles and screws used on Gibson ABR-1 bridge from 1956 to 1965 are key to the Les Paul sound. Not only were they made with pride by Gibson’s highest level manufacturing technology and passion for the sound, frequent minor updates kept them improving.

For this limited edition of The HystericParts, Ace Iwasaki reproduced the ’59 version, hard to come by on today’s vintage parts market. The saddle with a sharp top, an icon for all Les Paul fans, along with the flat head screws with carefully buffed corners, will make an amazing sound difference.

As you may have read in our Vintage Parts Maniac series, the manufacturing process of the saddles involves cutting out the pieces from a T-shaped brass bar. The presence of machine marks on the cut surface and the after polish appearance prove that each piece had been manufactured through this very time-consuming process. Molding would be much easier, but because this part requires uniform density, it has to be cut out of a solid metal bloc, just like Rolex Oyster Case. Each piece of the DMC 59' Screws has different machine marks, because they are manufactured with exactly the same process used by Gibson back then.

In addition to cutting out the pieces from a non-free cutting brass bar, the manufacturing processes included bottom deburring, screw hole processing, thread cutting, square processing and polishing, each requiring additional jigs and tools. Such time- and cost-consuming processes tell us how much Gibson cared about the only parts in permanent contact with the vibrating strings. Actually, Gibson tried the zinc die-casting for a while to cut down on cost and increase volume, but it did not last too long because of the poor sound. Also, later replica of brass saddles had a modern edged shape and little mass, probably as a result of privileging cost, yield or compatibility with ABR-1. All in all, saddles and screws of the ‘50s were key to the sound, well worth all the time-consuming processes, making them so difficult to replicate.

Ace’s attention to the detail extends to the final plating as well. While nickel plating is typically applied on copper strike, the plating of T-Square59 is done without the copper strike. This will keep the solidness of brass, though with more hassle and less yield.

As for the inch-size flat head screws, each piece is carefully cut out of the same brass material as the saddles, and threaded. While flat head screws were given 45o slanting in early ‘60s because they caused the strings to break on contact, 59 screws are genuine flat heads, true to 59 specs. The careful polishing around the head makes them look like a part of an instrument, and not just mere screws.

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29,00 EUR

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