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    Are these upgrades worth it?

    Love my '76 D-35. To gild the lily, I've added a neck heal strap button, K&K Mini pickup, and bone bridge pins. Now I'm thinking about:

    - bone saddle
    - bone nut
    - open-back Grover tuners

    Good ideas? What's your experience?

    Thanks!

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    Financially, it may not be worth it. but IMHO the bone nut and saddle makes for a nice upgrade in sound, at least to my ear it does. The open back Grovers might look better but I can't see how they would improve tone/sound. If the existing tuning machines work as they should I'd leave them alone unless you're just going for that type of look.

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    The nut and saddle, definitely. As Richard said, if you’re having trouble with the original tuners, then maybe an upgrade is required (although some tuners can be greatly improved by a little cleaning and lubing.) If not, then that’s more of a cosmetic issues that’s up to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Love my '76 D-35. To gild the lily, I've added a neck heal strap button, K&K Mini pickup, and bone bridge pins.
    2 Questions:

    1) Do you play mostly pure acoustic, or do you play mostly plugged in?
    2) Did you personally notice any tone difference with the bone bridge pins? (Or were you going for an aesthetic improvement instead of tone?)
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    I would only do the saddle and nut. Those original tuners were a step up from the D-25 open back tuners at the time. If they're not a problem, I'd recommend leaving them alone.But that's just me.

    Speaking of '76, here's my buddy's Tobacco 'burst D-35 next to my D-25M, we both bought them new in '76.



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    In this order:

    1). Bone saddle, properly cut and intonated.

    2). Bone nut.

    I've done both on a couple of guitars (wife's D-4 and my D-35) and the difference is noticeable. Not huge, but noticeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardp69 View Post
    My own philosophy is that I don't much care if upgrades make financial sense or not. If they make me happy and I can afford it then I go ahead with it.
    Right on Rich 😁
    Except in my case I go for fossilized Walrus , might as well go all the way ! Lol

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    Saddle, absolutely. Replace the nut if/when it needs a new one. Leave the tuners alone if the original ones function well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Broes View Post
    Saddle, absolutely. Replace the nut if/when it needs a new one. Leave the tuners alone if the original ones function well.
    I agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardp69 View Post
    . . . My own philosophy is that I don't much care if upgrades make financial sense or not. If they make me happy and I can afford it then I go ahead with it.
    Same here!

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