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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / New tune-o-matic saddles

Mick Reid
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Jul 7th, 2018 12:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just installed a brand new tune-o-matic bridge and tail piece (Gotoh) on my project LP.

Everything is fine. Sounds good. Great intonation but, it got me wondering...

Do you guys file the saddle slots as a matter of course on a brand newie or only if there is an immediate or obvious problem?

I left the factory slots alone and there are no buzzes, slippage or sonic weirdness (so far).

I figured I'd try it stock and adjust/fine tune as necessary.

What's the collective experience or opinion here?


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Jul 7th, 2018 04:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I almost always file the tops of the saddles to a smooth radius and then slot them for string spacing. Once in a blue moon the radius and string spread are close enough to work without having to tweak ‘em.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jul 7th, 2018 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

P - do you have a photo that shows "the tops of the saddles smooth radius"?

I'm not sure how you mean.

TIA

Peegoo
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Jul 7th, 2018 07:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't have a photo on me...I'm down in Texas 2,000 miles from my gee-tars. But here's a description:

With the saddles firmly screwed tight in the bridge and the bridge mounted in a vise, I use a smooth file lengthwise along all the saddle tops to file a nice smooth arc that matches the fret radius plus about 1/4". Then I polish the saddles' tops to remove the hard corners.

Following that, I set the saddles' positions by eye to rough intonation, install it on the guitar, measure for string spread, and slot the saddles.

Then comes checks/adjustments for neck relief, nut action, string height, and intonation.

Cal-Woody

USA/California

Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Jul 7th, 2018 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

If it's chromed, I'd leave them as is if you are not having any problems. It is mostly the 'G' strong that gives me grief! Sometimes they buzz but if they aren't behaving badly, then you're golden!

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Jul 7th, 2018 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Don't fix anything that isn't broke

Mick Reid
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Australia

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Jul 7th, 2018 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Geno, I got it now.

And Cal, yes, they are chrome saddles.

"Don't fix anything that isn't broke."

That was my gut feeling. Everything is good atm so will give it some playing time and address anything that may occur as it settles in.

Thanks guys.


Bubbalou

USA

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Jul 13th, 2018 11:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I put a Graphtech Resomax locking tune o'matic bridge with string saver saddles. They are nicely grooved, string spacing right over the poles, They lock in place using small but very strong ( probably Neodymium Magnets). My one and only complaint is they have it set up with the adjustment screws in front. Not a big issue, just not my preference and I don't want to mess with turning the saddles around.

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