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Graph Tech ghost Loaded Saddles for Strat/Tele - Wider Spacing Reviews

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  • from Indiana October 31, 2016Music Background:
    Professional Guitarist

    Turn a strat into a convincing acoustic.

    This is not my first attempt at trying to get an acoustic sound from a solid body guitar. I had previously tried a piezo bridge from another manufacturer, and used the blended option to go back and forth between the standard magnetic pickups and the piezo. In reality, that doesn't work well because it is difficult to get a convincing acoustic sound from nickel strings with an unwound third string. I loved the IDEA of having the playability and ergonomics of an electric with the sound of an acoustic, but I went back to using two separate guitars. Years later, I checked out the Graph Tech Ghost saddles, and decided to do a dedicated version of a strat style guitar with no magnetic system, optimized for acoustic sound. I got a lightweight, resonant body and installed the Ghost saddles and Acoustiphonic preamp. I purchased an undrilled pickguard, and added a single volume control. The install was relatively straightforward. I was able to put all of the components, including the battery, in the existing routing of the body. I strung the guitar with Elixer acoustic strings (extra lights with replacement .012 and .015 for the high strings) and plugged it in. The sound was fantastic. I recorded the sound of the guitar, and compared it to a recording of my Martin with a Fishman. The sound was virtually identical. The bonus is that the Ghost-equipped guitar is feedback resistant and has the easy playability and ergonomics of an electric. This system is primarily aimed at players who want to add an acoustic sound to an electric, but if you want to go all out with the acoustic set-up, you will be rewarded with a great playing acoustic surrogate. Excellent product!

  • from Houston, Tx September 29, 2011Music Background:

    Fantastic Piezos

    I loaded these on an MIM PowerHouse Strat along with the Acousti-Phonic Preamp. The pre-amp made wiring a snap, and these saddles sounds fantastic. I was recently setting up for church and sound checking both my new ghost-loaded Strat and my Taylor 814ce (with the older Fishman Prefix preamp). I’d finished my Taylor and picked up my Strat when my bassist walked in. He mentioned that he couldn’t tell the difference between the amplified sound of the Taylor and the piezos on the Strat. It is a bit weird to hear a great acoustic when playing an electric, but you can’t argue with the sound – they’re just great.

    I’ll also note that I highly recommend adding a tone control to the Acousti-Phonic – there are directions included. They tend to sound a bit bright naturally, and the tone control really gives you the flexibility to roll off some of the highs if you want. I also recommend wiring your magnetics and piezos each with their own separate volume. It give you the flexibility to choose your neck pup and dial in some piezo to the mix and get a great Telecaster snap, or dial down the tone on the piezos and mix with position 2 of your mags to get a great mellow jazz sound.

    My mags are EMG DG20’s, and along with these piezos and the Acousti-Phonic, I’ve got one of the most versatile guitars I can imagine - short of adding the MIDI Hexpander or getting a Variax.

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