You guys don’t have to dig very deep to see that I really like titanium hardware. The nice people at TiSonix, here in the good old USA have done a lot to bring high-quality titanium parts to you for your double-locking trems, ABR-style bridges, acoustic bridge pins, and Strat-style trems. Today, let’s talk about their titanium neck plates.
At 1/8″ (.125″ or 3.1750 mm), the plates are already at least as thick as most traditional neck plates. Thicker, in some instances. They are currently available in the standard 2″ x 2-1/2″ 4-hole plate and in the Fender “Deluxe” style for the rounded heels (also with the hole for the neck tilt adjustment). I grabbed a few of the standard ones to try on a few different guitars.
A very cool option from TiSonix is laser engraving for customization. You want your name or a logo of even that special name you call your guitar when you think nobody is listening… TiSonix can hook you up. Or maybe your guitar’s serial number is on the original plate? They can transfer that to your new titanium neck plate as well. How cool is that?!?
First was my old 1990 American Standard Strat, outfitted with an 80s Floyd Rose. The other was an early 90s Hamer Centaura. TiSonix is cool enough to include extras such as new hardened mounting screws, so that’s another nice touch and the attention to the smaller details that we’ve seen in the other tests/reviews of TiSonix gear. In both instances, the install was totally easy and no-hassle. If you’re like me, having a guitar on the bench is also a good excuse to give it a once over.
As you’ve read in my other testing/reviews of titanium parts, it’s something that gets out of the way of your tone. Whereas other metals that are commonly used can (and will) drain your tone and resonance, titanium is far more transparent. It lets all that goodness come right on out of your guitar. Some parts are very obvious about it, like a titanium sustain block or a titanium trem baseplate. Others are more subtle, such as a string retainer or a spring claw. And it is the accumulation of the subtleties that quickly add up.
While I find the titanium neck plate upgrade to be a more subtle impact, it is clearly an improvement. When considering the value of how the wood of the neck meets the wood of the body and the very screws that keep them together… do you want the energy going through those screws to be affected by a neck plate made of common material or a neck plate made here in the USA from high-quality billet titanium.
Removing some of those common average metals from your guitar’s neck plate allows that improved transference of energy to allow more sustain and a tone that is full of more of the natural qualities of the wood. And if you’re also an upgrade fanatic (as it appears I can be! lol!), you want every component to carry it’s share.
Check them out. TiSonix are good people, and I know they will make sure you are happy.
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