Joining German Engineering and Japanese Manufacturing, for The Best Tone Possible.
Schaller GmbH introduces new models in the GTM and Vintage Tremolo ranges of guitar bridges, by adding a distinctive feature: the KTS Tone-Resonant Titanium saddles, for an even better tonal transfer, more harmonics and definition, and a higher resistance to corrosion.
We highly respect Schaller’s technology and philosophy in producing hardware for musical instruments especially in die-cast Zinc processing which creates world’s top-quality Tune-O-Matic style bridges.
SCHALLER’S DIE-CAST ZINC STANDARD OF QUALITY
Durability, aesthetics, leight weight and perfect soniccapabilities With more than 60 years of sound defining history zinc hardware presents a unique balance of benefits other materials have yet to match. Strike a note on a ’59 Les Paul and you’ll understand why zinc has always been a part of the magic. Schaller’s high density die-cast zinc parts offer the best overall resonant frequencies along with natural sustain and stunning dynamics.
But Zinc is Not Just Zinc
We buy and use the most expensive zinc on the market. Our zinc is guaranteed 100 % pure and virgin and free of remelt and release agents. Contrary to our production principles zinc sprue waste normally gets reused many times over resulting in an inferior zinc formula. It is safe to say that our standard of quality is not common in our industry.
We also use the very best release agent to remove the casted parts forceand damage-free from the mold this way avoiding harm to their structures and surfaces.
And we apply the newest technologies in designing our molds to achieve minimal turbulence and air residue in the injected melt. This is crucial as airhas always been the number one sound dampener in poorly die-casted instrument hardware parts. Research shows that these measures not only avoid gas porositiy defects but greatly help the sonic capabilities.
Our new technologies also allow for a consistent cooling process and help us rule out inherent tensions in the finished parts.
What Process is Used in Making KTS Tune-O-Matic Saddles?
A large ingot smelted and formed in a vacuum arc melting furnace is used to make the Tune-O-Matic and block 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.