Now before I go into the review I want to explain something, I was sent a Brass Claw and a Brass Block from KGC (http://killerguitarcomponents.com/) to try and the plan was to install both in my Suhr Modern however days before the parts arrived I sold that guitar as I need to fund my custom Cilia Guitars 7 string so I thought I would install them into my ’94 Patrick Eggle Berlin Stage. I managed to install the Brass claw although it is a little more snug than I was hoping due to the cavity design on this guitar (see above) but the Brass block was not compatible with the old Wilkinson VS100 for some reason, remember this guitar was built in 1994 the Wilkinson bridge may have been in their factory for a while so it could well be older. The problem was that the screw threads didn’t line up with the top plate and nor did the string holes. Ok so the other option was to install both into my Suhr S4 but I have just installed the Van Rosa Sta Toon’d Claw system and didn’t want to mess with that now that it is setup and working perfectly. So, here’s what I decided. I have installed the Brass Claw in the Patrick Eggle and I will install the Brass Block into the Suhr S4 and see what tonal differences the separate items yield.
As you can see in the picture above the difference between the standard claw in my guitar and the KGC claw is huge, it is larger, much more solidly built and it has a lug that enables you to attach the ground wire without soldering. I actually decided to attach the ground wire just using the screw itself rather than using the lug and heat shrinking the wrapping. So was there a big difference in tone? Well not a massive difference but it was definitely noticeable. What I found was that the Brass block rounded off the attack slightly in comparison to the claw that I replaced, I made a few audio recordings but to be honest the differences are so subtle that I didn’t think it was worth posting in this instance as people may argue that it may be due to variation in pick attack. Maybe you would notice more of a difference when combined with a Brass block? I am happier knowing that my claw is no longer a cheap piece of metal and there is something very solid that helps transfer vibration, but I think that the Brass Claw may affect the feel of the guitar more so than the tone.
Next up I will install the Brass Block into my Suhr S4 and record some audio demos to see if the differences are more noticeable, I would expect in this case that they would be.