I probably got this guitar in the early 80's ($400,was that a fair price?) and quickly replaced the bent tuners and all or part or the trem system. I don't know if the base plate is original (anyway to check?) but the saddles were replaced (I would break at least one D string at every gig, every night!). Also the block is solid brass. I was young but I remember the tech selling me on why I needed a solid brass block... I was like, whatever, do it. Unfortunately I didn't keep the original saddles, at the time the talk was that they were cheap crap. Now it seems like "everyone" (including me) wants these thin bent strips of metal holding their strings up.... just because they look good. And, to make it worse, from what I've read (and photos) the new "vintage" saddles are even thinner that before. So, a big heavy trem block sounds better but thin near-sheet metal saddles don't affect the tone? I'm confused. Yes, I love the look of the old saddles, especially compared to the ugly ones I've had on this guitar for 30+ years, but I just can't wrap my head around thin strips of bent metal. I would like to get some of my guitar's original "mojo" and look back, but am I over thinking this? Suggestions please. BTW, I've never seen saddles like mine, any idea of manufacturer? I assume these to be non-Asian made just because of when I had them installed.