Forum username: Tonefreak Date: 3/22/2011 Review: Walrus bridge pins Rating you give the FWI bridge pins: 4 - Highly recommend it
Likes: Great improvement in sustain and depth of tone! Replaced the plastic pins on my 08 HD 28, and wow!! Had no idea that just bridge pins could make such a difference in tone. The trebles are clear and bright. These pins really surprised me. They open up the mids and yet keep the bass rumbling. The best way to describe it, is that it gives your guitar a more organic and chunky sound with exceptional note clarity. My wife caught me playing the day I had them put in, and said "Wow...it really DOES sound better..and much louder." That was proof enough for me!! If you can afford it, do it...you wont be sorry!
Dislikes: YOU WILL NEED A MARTIN TECH TO INSTALL THESE. Even though I ordered the right size for my guitar, the pins did not fit very well at all at first. Unless you are comfortable reeming your bridge pin holes yourself, my advice is to take it to a certified martin tech and have it done right. DO NOT try and force these pins in your bridge if they do not fit flush or go in very far as you will deeply regret it later.
Additional Comments: Wonderful upgrade to your guitar and well worth every penny...just make sure you get a martin tech to install them.
Comment from Maury's: If you are certain the pins are the correct size, we recommend lightly sanding the pin shaft with 220 grit sandpaper until the bridge pin sits as low as you'd like it to. Take your time and check the bridge pin in the hole frequently. Reaming the bridge pin holes is a permanent modification and should be done at your own risk. You may have a hard time getting other bridge pins to fit correctly should you decide to change them at a later date.
Name: Bill Rodrick Date: 12/12/2009 Review: Fossilized Walrus Ivory bridge pins Rating you give the FWI bridge pins: 3 - Good product give it a try
Likes: Everything (see comments).
Dislikes: Others' reactions when told how much they cost.
Additional Comments: There are 3 possible reactions to such an upgrade: some will hear improved tone because of how much the pins cost; many will scoff because they don't WANT something this expensive to make a difference; others will simply accept what their senses report.
I'm a skeptic by nature and believe I fall into the latter camp.
My guitar is a custom-ordered Martin similar to a vintage 000-28 but with a cutaway. I had already upgraded the plastic pins to ebony, and now recently to FWI from Maury. Both times, I replaced the pins one by one, without changing strings, and with an audible improvement in clarity, sustain and harmonics each time. This was more audible when I went from ebony to FWI, and once I'd replaced all 6, I honestly felt the difference was akin to putting on new or "better" strings.
The real test came much later, though, when working intensely on some new fingerstyle arrangements. I began noticing clear and beautiful overtones that had definitely not been there before - at first I thought these sounds were coming from somewhere else and it took me a while to realize they were actually emanating from my guitar! I'm also getting better sustain and dynamic response...and all this without having changed strings yet.
That said, I give these a "3" because I have no idea whether others will hear the same difference on other guitars, and/or with other playing styles. The difference might be subtle, but fingerstyle guitar is all about subtlety, and after all is said and done, it's the player's experience that is most significant. The better and more responsive the instrument, the more inspired the player, and the happier the listeners as a result. If you can afford these, I highly recommend giving them a try.
Name or Forum username: Pepper "pepe" Gonsalves Date: Oct. 1-07 Review: Fossil Walrus Bridge Pins Rating you give the FWI bridge pins: 2 - Did the job nothing special
Like about the Fossilized Walrus Bridge Pins: A very attractive addition to your guitar, although mostly cosmetic.
Dislike about the FWI bridge pins: The price, although mine were given to me as a gift.
Additional Comments: Couldn't detect any sonic difference between the fossil walrus bridge pins and bone bridge pins though the fossil walrus ones look a lot better than the bone bridge pins. Probably best to focus on the saddle material first and then make the move to either bone or fossil walrus pins.
Another consideration would be to make a decision whether to slot your bridge to utilize unslotted pins or to run with slotted replacement pins. Some say slotted makes a tonal improvement but I really couldn't tell.
Forum username: slmkh5 Date: 02/28/07 Review: FWI Bridge Pins Rating you give the FWI Bridge Pins: 4 - Highly recommend it
Like about the FWI Bridge Pins: Added a little sustain and some middle. Good craftsmanship. Very nice looking.
Dislike about the FWI Bridge Pins: A little pricey, but you get what you pay for.
Additional Comments: Their addition to a special guitar, gave it a little extra kick and beauty.