What material are '86-'07 American Standard saddles made of?

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  1. Boogie

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    Specifically the powder coat/satin finish saddles. They aren't steel. Does anyone know for sure?
     
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    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.
     
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    Yeah, they are supposed to be steel.
     
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    Agreed - sinter cast steel left with a satin finish.
     
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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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