This comparison is specifically related to the Guardala MBII Fatboy mouthpieces.
It is a side-by-side comparison between two saxophone mouthpieces gold plated vs silver. Other than the outer finish, these two tenor saxophone mouthpieces are exactly the same. A mouthpiece, or even a saxophone that is finished in gold will be more expensive than one that is finished in silver, so…. is it worth the extra cost? Or, which one sounds better to you? Or, do you even hear any difference at all?
If you prefer the look of silver, or if your saxophone is silver then this would make good sense, but will you notice a difference in the overall sound?
Our saxophone mouthpieces are the most talked about parts of our equipment for good reason…it’s the thing that can alter our sound the most. More than the reed or the saxophone.
Today there are a LOT of saxophone mouthpieces on the market.
This is both good and bad of course. We can’t ever dream of trying out every one we see or hear about.
If the over-crowded mouthpiece market makes your head spin just focus on the top brands that have been around for at least a few decades.
The Otto Link mouthpiece was a favorite for many players way back in the early part of the last century. The Link was also the inspiration and starting point for some of the more recent top manufacturers we know of today.
People like Theo Wanne and Dave Guardala. Another great mouthpiece company is Jody Jazz. Keep in mind that each of these companies have several models to suite individual needs, such as tip openings and baffle styles so it’s important to know what these things mean to your tone.
Personally I have tried and even own or owned some from the names mentions above but I’ve been the most satisfied with the Guardala, specifically the Michael Brecker models (MBI, MBII, and the MBII Fatboy).
The MBII Fatboy is a recent model designed and made by Nadir (http://nadirsaxwind.com). He is the person who now carries the torch for everything Guardala. So, on also replicating the models that made Dave Guardala famous in the saxophone world, Nadir also builds upon some of these models and the Fatboy is one I really like. It has that brightness we look for in a metal mouthpiece but adds a little more fatness than other models.
About the MBII Fatboy Mouthpiece
The MBII Fatboy is a take on the MBII which is a take on the MBI. This is a metal mouthpiece which is available in a gold and silver plating. It helps you to produce a brighter sound than many other models because of it’s high baffle. This high baffle drops quite drastically into the chamber.
This high baffle helps produce the brighter tone because there is less space between the mouthpiece and reed. This design helps you get more of a “buzz” in your tone. Some players don’t go for this, depending on the style of music they play. I play rock and blues-based music so it works well.
If you want a classical tone or a more traditional jazz sound then you would go for a less bright, darker sounding mouthpiece. The FatBoy has a tighter, more streamlined focused sound. For a darker sound you’d want a lower baffle style piece.
How About a Fiber Carbon Fatboy?
More recently Nadir has started producing a Guardala MBII Fatboy model made with the fiber carbon material. While the design is identical to the metal mouthpiece model, the material gives a different sound.
Learn more about the Fiber Carbon Fatboy model here:
For another of my mouthpiece reviews, check out a comparison of four Guardala models. This is a side-by-side comparison of the MBI, MBII, MBII Fatboy, and the King Curtis model called the King R&B: Guardala Saxophone Mouthpieces Review
Well, what did you think? Is there a difference these saxophone mouthpieces gold plated vs silver? Leave your thoughts below in the comment section.