We often get emails asking about our titanium FR block inserts designed to fit Floyd Rose tremolos. Guitarists tend to tighten the insert blocks to tight and eventually they will break making it more difficult to get a good fit. We decided to make the blocks out of titanium which makes them close to indestructible. You will also get better tone and more sustain, all for a mere 38.00 dollars! Please note this block is not usable for the other Floyd Rose® styles such as Lo Pro Edge for Ibanez®. For specs, please check this PDF >>>
To purchase, please visit kts-america.com >>>
Monday, October 15, 2012
Free KTS Workshop at Sam Ash in NYC! - KTS in cooperation with Sam Ash will be holding a free workshop at the Sam Ash store in New York City on 10/18 from 12:00 to 5:00 PM. Hear first hand how KTS' titanium saddles can improve your tone. There will be plenty on demonstrations and guests. We'll be looking forward to seeing you there.
Sam Ash Guitars & Technology
156 W 48th Street. Ph: (212) 719-2625
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
What process is used in making KTS Tune-O-Matic saddles...
Most saddles in Tune-O-Matic bridges that we see on the market are made of a zinc alloy. They are made with a casting method of pouring molten metal into a mold. Because molten metal is exposed to atmospheric air during casting, the saddle made this way have many pores in its structure. Therefore, the quality is mediocre in terms of structural or metallic quality. If you look at it through a magnifying glass, you find the texture to be chinky or spongy. It looks so brittle and unattractive. Although this is the demerit, we know the merit as well; the casting method is suitable for making products of a complicated shape in large quantities at low cost. Using the die casting method of forming molten metal by applying pressure to it, which is a variant of the casting method, it is now possible to make a product of fine texture with the least gas entrainment thanks to the advance in technology. Tune-O-Matic bridges have very complicated shapes. To make them in quantities, the casting or die casting method is presently the only method we can use. If we cut Tune-O-Matic bridges out of a chunk of metal instead of using the casting method, the cost per bridge may be equal to the price of one inexpensive guitar. Though it may sound contradictory, how about spending more time and effort on making the saddle that is a key part in producing the guitar sound and directly receives the string vibration?
To craft a guitar body, nobody will use a particle board made by compressing a large amount of saw dust.
A large ingot smelted and formed in a vacuum arc melting furnace is used to make the Tune-O-Matic saddle of KTS. It is bloomed and rolled into wire rods called wrought products. These wire rods are cold-rolled several times, formed into a shape as viewed from the side of the saddle, and then annealed or heat-treated in a high-temperature argon gas atmosphere. Annealing is done to remove rolling stress from the metal and to repair the somewhat damaged crystal structure. The wire rods processed this way then go to the final machining process. You might say "So what?" We have mentioned this technicality because we hope the customer understands that our company considers the saddle a very important part as the point of support for string vibration.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
PR-01 EP Bridge Set made specifically for Epiphone guitars - As Epiphone uses several different factories to manufacture their bridges, it has been nearly impossible to give the proper suggestions for saddles for Epiphone users. Because of this, we have decided to simply manufacture our own pre-assembled bridge set. Our PR-01 EP titanium saddles are pre-assembled on a zinc die cast base. Problem solved! Check the spec sheet here >>>
Monday, November 14, 2011
I was born in Tokyo in 1954. Soon after birth, my family move to Asaka-City in Saitama prefecture which was close to the center of Tokyo. I had been spending most of my life in this small city.
As long as I remember, there was huge camp where American troops were stationed called Camp Asaka in my city. We called them an occupation army or stationary troops. Big soldiers who have blue eyes were laughingly looking at us and chewing gum. Sometimes they gave us chocolates in which we had never seen the brand names. We could see America over the fence but could never enter over the fence. There were many bars which has fascia written in English aimed at American soldiers. At night, prostitutes called Pang-Pang Girls were wandering in the party town and picking up the soldiers.
The public moral was not good for education in our city. However there was a good atmosphere for listening Western music. Guys started putting together band to play The Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane.... Some modern girls were wearing similar clothes as Janis Joplin and some dudes had cut their hair like Brian Jones. We used to listen the trendy songs from FEN radio that was located in the base.
There was a small musical instrument shop at the west gate of the base. We used to drop by the shop on our way home from junior high school. The Japanese shopkeeper always talked in English with a black soldier. There were many guitars, amps, basses and drums in the shop. Unfortunately they were not Fender, Gibson, Marshall and Ludwig but Guyatone, Teisco and Gracy which are Japanese brands. However they were dream instruments for schoolboys. One day, our band asked the shopkeeper to sell us a drum set by monthly payment. Because ordinary music shops never accepted monthly payment without parents' consent. At that time, most of parents never recognized the Western (electric) music. My parents as well.... So we couldn't ask our Moms or Dads about that... Fortunately, the shopkeeper accepted our offer in the condition that we had to pay off the set within six months. Thus, we finally got the drum-set.
We were believing that we were the number one band in the city. We had copied Jumpin' Jack Flash completely when the seven-inch record has just released. I taught Grand Funk Railroad lines to senior high school students. One day we held a concert in our classroom. There were nearly one hundred people (including teachers ;-)) who could not even enter the classroom and had to watch through the window in the schoolyard. And just past the schoolyard.... we could always see ..
AMERICA surrounded by the fence....
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Q: My hands are super sweaty and my saddles are always rusting and smelly. Does titanium rust? My friends won't even play my guitar because the bridge looks so nasty. Will your saddles help?
A: Titanium is well known for its excellent corrosion resistance (almost as resistant as platinum), being able to withstand attack by acids, moist chlorine gas, and obviously hand sweat. It is a light, strong metal with low density (60% as dense as steel) that, when pure, is quite ductile (especially in an oxygen-free environment), easy to work, lustrous, and metallic-white in color. Titanium is as strong as steel, but 43% lighter; it is 60% heavier than aluminum, but twice as strong; however these numbers can vary a little because of the use of different alloys. These properties make titanium very resistant to the usual kinds of metal fatigue and hand sweat.