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    I wasn't sure what I was supposed to hear in terms of an improvement and at first I didn't think I heard any. But I think the fossilized mammoth ivory bridge pins have fattened up the tone. Made an already great guitar sound a little less steely and given it a slightly woodier and deeper tone. Less twangy. I don't know if I'm imagining it or not though! Lew

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    Default Re: Installed fossilized ivory bridge pins on my Taylor 814c

    Probably not just your imagination. When my dad replaced his bridge pins with metal ones (I think they were brass maybe?) it sounded much brighter and harsher. He tried to give them to me and I refused. I think they would have been a tonal disaster in my 614ce being that its got a maple back and sides... that and I like the sound of my Taylor just fine the way it is.


    Though I'd love to have an 814 or 815 too
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    Default Re: Installed fossilized ivory bridge pins on my Taylor 814c

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewguitar View Post
    But I think the fossilized mammoth ivory bridge pins have fattened up the tone.
    I bet that mammoth ivory really made it sound more "vintage"!!! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by YJM_Rocks View Post
    I bet that mammoth ivory really made it sound more "vintage"!!! lol
    It does actually! Or seems to. What I'm curious about is what exactly am I supposed to hear as the diff between these $90 fossilzed ivory pins and the plastic or ebony pins I've been using.

    I kind of expected the tone to sound more piano-like...maybe it does. The tone seems richer and more woody and less steely...maybe!

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    Default Re: Installed fossilized ivory bridge pins on my Taylor 814c

    where did you find fossilized ivory pins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrfjones View Post
    where did you find fossilized ivory pins?
    I bought mine on Ebay. There's a few guys there selling them. Lew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewguitar View Post
    I bought mine on Ebay. There's a few guys there selling them. Lew
    Did you get them from the guy that does all of the ivory ship carvings?

    I picked up a set of bone pins from him to replace a plastic set.

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    Default Re: Installed fossilized ivory bridge pins on my Taylor 814c

    A fossilized ivory nut would probably make more of a difference.
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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN:IT&ih=005

    Here's the link for the listing. They're expensive. But this is the going price.

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    Default Re: Installed fossilized ivory bridge pins on my Taylor 814c

    I honestly thought this was a joke. Really Lew? Fossilized bridge pins? Really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PFDarkside View Post
    I honestly thought this was a joke. Really Lew? Fossilized bridge pins? Really?
    Yep. Mine are made of Mammoth ivory. They do appear to make a nice improvement in the tone of the guitar. My Taylor has the TUSQ bridge saddle and nut...it's man-made ivory. The TUSQ saddle is nice because it's compensated for each string to help the guitar play in tune. I went with the Mammoth ivory bridge pins to "complete" the set and replace the ebony pins the guitar came with. What I hear is a little bit fuller, warmer and woodier tone...more of a "burnished" quality with less of a steely twang to the bass strings. Kind of like the treble and harmonics "fattened" up.. Others, over on the Acoustic Guitar Forum webpage, have commented that their guitar got brighter, but that was not my experience...just the opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PFDarkside View Post
    I honestly thought this was a joke. Really Lew? Fossilized bridge pins? Really?
    LOL!!! I hear ya.



    Bridge pins do tweak the tone of an acoustic. No doubt about it.

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    Default Re: Installed fossilized ivory bridge pins on my Taylor 814c

    I'm 100 years too early to be able to hear a difference between that and plastic...

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    Default Re: Installed fossilized ivory bridge pins on my Taylor 814c

    Tone is in the fingers.
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    If you play guitar waist-high, you play from your guts.

    If you play guitar low, you play from your huevos.

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    This guy does some beautiful work! http://www.guitarsaddles.com/default.asp

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    Default Re: Installed fossilized ivory bridge pins on my Taylor 814c

    well....its good to hear that the fruits of the labor of thousands...possibly millions of archeologists is going to a good cause.
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    Default Re: Installed fossilized ivory bridge pins on my Taylor 814c

    Personally, I think this is the coolest thread I've seen in a long time.

    I need an acoustic, just for those pins! Lew, beautiful.

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    Default Re: Installed fossilized ivory bridge pins on my Taylor 814c

    That would be paleontologists---not archaeologists. There are some enigmatic bone beds all over eastern Siberia and parts of Alaska that are full of mammoth remains; the probable source of this stuff. It's not fossilized (which would imply replacement by silica). The remains are in permafrost and some Russian scientists have been known to make a meal of some frozen mammoth steaks...

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