Tele Standard saddles base material?

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  1. zammie

    zammie TDPRI Member

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    Hi folks, been lurking around for some time but haven't posted. Anyhow I have a question.
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    I am sanding the bridge plate and saddles on my 2012 Squier Standard Tele to remove the shiny / satin chrome look. Plan to do so for the control plate as well.

    I am using sandpaper and after getting through the chrome I hit a very thin layer of copper, which I understand is common. Below the copper I find a whiter metal, probably the base metal of the saddle. My question is, does anyone know what this metal is?
     
  2. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity

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    My guess is just pot metal.
     
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    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

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    Tone metal, a proprietary alloy. You could prime and paint orange for a unique look. :)
     
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  4. zammie

    zammie TDPRI Member

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    Lol...meaning like cast iron? I thought pot metal is grey, like the cheap tremolo blocks.
     
  5. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity

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    Actually, there is no real standard for pot metal (contents).

    and I am wingin' it here on what those saddles are are.


    Brass-- Not :lol:


    Happy pickin' !
     
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  6. Tuxedo Poly

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    Pot metal = zinc based alloy aka zamak. Mixture of zinc, aluminum, magnesium and other odd metals. Composition can vary.
    Soft and easy to make. The chrome plating gives an element of hardness.
     
  7. RottenTheCat

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    Saddles pressure cast zinc. Plates, steel. A magnet is your friend
     
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  8. zammie

    zammie TDPRI Member

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    Thanks chaps. Just laughing at myself for having sanded away the hardest part of the saddles. I probably swap the bridge out for a Wilkinson one with brass saddles but I might as well have fun first.
     
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    The WIS call honest wear Wabi Sabi, after the Japanese concept of imperfection. I guess the same applies to guitars?
     
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