I have a Takamine that I got used from a friend. I have heard that upgrading the nut and saddle will improve the tone. They are plastic now, and I am considering getting bone installed. Has anyone done this, and how did it affect your sound? I have also heard that getting different (i.e. wood) bridge pins can also make a difference.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
In order of affect on sound, Saddle, nut, bridge pins.
Saddle will make a big difference. Bone, Micarta, Tusq, Ivory all sound good. Huge improvement in sound over plastic.
Nut will only make a difference on open chords.
Bridge pins, although some people claim to hear a diffence, I can't.
Replacing the saddle might be a good idea for an acoustic guitar. However, if it is an electro-acoustic with under-saddle transducerm then the original plastic saddle might be better.
Bridge is the part the saddle sits in.