I want to get a new saddle, either bone or Tusq, but I don't know the radius. Tusq saddles come in either 12" or 16" radius. Anyone know for sure what radius the Walden fingerboard/saddle are?
Dave or Jonathan would know for sure - but I'd say with great probability that it would be a 16" radius - Seagulls are a 16" radius, 12" would have more of a curve, and I am looking at my Seagull Performer and my daughter's Walden T550 as we speak...and my son's Strat-copy Lyon by Washburn, which I believe has a 12" radius...
I emailed Jonathan so we'll see. I did have a Larrivee saddle with a 16" radius and stuck in under the strings just in front of the bridge. The 2 E strings touched but the other 4 did not which makes me think maybe the Walden has a 12" radius. Will update this thread after I get a response from Jonathan.
Please do, Lee. That's one spec that is not on the website...although I really can't see it being 12" - maybe 14"...
I also wonder if the fingerboard radius on the 1.75" nut instruments is the same as the 1 11/16" nut instruments...you'd think so...
The reply from Walden says they use a 15" radius. Maybe I'll try that 16" Tusq saddle I have and see how that works.
I had sat down and talked with my Walden rep a week back about the saddle radius quesion you'd had and basically said the difference in radius that we're talking about on the saddle has such a minimal effect of the curvature of the strings that you wouldn't notice - even with a 12" radius saddle. It is going to be controlled more with the flatness of the nut than anything else. I can 2nd the usage of a 15" radius saddle that Walden uses, but a 16" should work fine. Sorry for the loooong delay in response.