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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Boogie, Mar 6, 2020.
Specifically the powder coat/satin finish saddles. They aren't steel. Does anyone know for sure?
I think they are sinter cast Stainless steel. I love 'em. BTW, they are also a Squier item on some older models.
Sinter casting is metal powder pressurized to the point where it fuses together from heat.
Yeah, they are supposed to be steel.
Agreed - sinter cast steel left with a satin finish.
The saddles I have from two all-original 1990 AmStd Teles AND a Fender OEM replacement set are significantly lighter than steel and do not pass the magnet test.
I'm guessing aluminum or titanium, but I don't know for sure how to tell as I have no expertise in metallurgy.
Some SS is non magnetic and the grain structure in cast material is often on magnetic. I've not heard of Fender using Ti or Alum for saddles that I can recall. Mine seem magnetic, but then I realized it's the steel screws in the saddle that make it seem that way.
How did you weigh them?