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Three decades ago, Dave Dunwoodie, Graph Tech President, was mid-performance at a gig in his home town of Vancouver, Canada. Hitting the tremolo bar on his first Fender Strat (he was a Gibson man) during a guitar solo, he was immediately introduced to the problem of string binding on traditional guitar nuts. "I went to do my first big “wang” and went totally out of tune" Dave says. "I couldn't use the guitar for stage work at all".
Spurred by the resurgence in popularity of tremolo guitars, the need for pencil lead in the nut slots, and his own frustration, Dave began experimenting with a variety of composite guitar nuts designed to eliminate string binding before engineering the world’s first permanently-lubricated nut, a formula that is 500% slipperier than graphite. Dave has been "nuts" ever since, and more than twenty years later Graph Tech Guitar Labs has become an institution, producing some of the industry's most innovative and reliable nuts, saddles, bridge pins and pickup systems.
Through patented methods and proprietary techniques, Graph Tech has designed specific tone and performance enhancements that were once impossible to achieve. The result is an outstanding reputation for quality and rapid acceptance by guitar players. Dave's commitment has never wavered: "I envisioned a people- and service-oriented company that can turn on a dime and can respond to our customers' needs." The successful introduction of totally new concepts (as opposed to "me too" products) into the guitar market have led to Graph Tech's booming success.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Graph Tech's business is steadily increasing. Housing the entire operation in a state-of-the-art facility, Dave takes a hands-on approach from product design and manufacturing to marketing and shipping. Graph Tech distributes their products worldwide through select distributors such as: All Parts, St. Louis Music, Harris Teller, Stewart MacDonald, Aria UK, Moridaira (Japan), Coast Music (Canada) and many others. What is the reaction from the players around the world? Week after week, customers write us unsolicited letters and emails letting us know that this is the first product that they've ever bought that actually does what it says it would do (imagine that!).
For over twenty years Graph Tech Guitar Labs has pioneered the development of innovative products designed to improve the guitar-playing experience by solving common problems and improving sound quality. Starting with the original "graphite nut", our product line has burgeoned to six recognized brands that address everything from string breakage to tuning problems to MIDI compatibility. Underscoring it all is a commitment to tonal fidelity.
Dave Dunwoodie - President
The following is a summary of our product line :
TUSQ nuts, saddles and bridge pins are used by many leading guitar manufacturers such as Taylor, Gibson, Larrivee, Tacoma, Rainsong and Ovation. TUSQ man made ivory enables the consistent transfer of vibrations to the guitar top, resulting in big open lows and clear, bell-like highs.
Black TUSQ XL is used by some of the world's leading manufacturers (including Carvin, Parker Guitars, Ibanez and the Fender Custom Shop) for good reason. It contains advanced lubricants and works better than graphite, bone, plastic or synthetic nuts, keeping your guitar in tune and providing superior tone.
Using new, breakthrough technology in polymer engineering, String Saver saddles increase harmonics and virtually eliminate string breakage. Direct-replacement saddles are available in Original or String Saver Classics for Strats, Teles and many other styles.
The ResoMax Harmonic Bridge System is designed to enhance harmonics, reduce string breakage, and improve the tuning performance of your guitar. ResoMax bridges come pre-loaded with String Saver saddles.
The ghost modular pickup system lets you transform your electric guitar with the endless possibilities of MIDI and/or to simulate a studio quality acoustic guitar. With the ability to blend these two options with your existing magnetic pickups, you have an array of tonal possibilities at your fingertips.
Nubone is a derivative of Graph Tech's proprietary TUSQ material and offers very similar tonal characteristics to our highly esteemed TUSQ. Nubone doesn't damp string vibration like plastic; instead, it transfers the optimum frequencies to the guitar allowing for more volume, more tone, and more harmonics.