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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-14-2005, 04:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Zinc or steel saddles on trem - which is better - why?

Hi,

I am custom building two guitars and am looking around at various different floyd rose style trems on the market, some come with zinc saddles and some with steel sadlles. Can somebody fill me in on which is best and why - I'm guessing that it has something to do with the hardness of the metals??

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Re: Zinc or steel saddles on trem - which is better - why?

The "zinc" ones are most likely zinc-plated, over steel or more likely some pot-metal. Nickel plating is often used on parts as well to give it the shiny silver (chromish) appearance. Solid zinc would be soft and not very good for a saddle. Zinc may also be used to prevent corrosion. Zinc coating is what makes fasteners 'galvanized'.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-15-2005, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Zinc or steel saddles on trem - which is better - why?

So would the steel one be the one to go for in your opinion or go for a zinc plated steel one (assumming that's what it is)?

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