June 9th, 2011, 05:26 PM
I've had a Hipshot on my Creston for a while, but the guitar is in need of a setup as I'm getting a fair amount of fret buzz on the B string, so I pulled the Hipshot and moved it to my other Creston for the time being as B-bending is pretty critical for one of my bands. That's when I realized that one has slotted saddles and the other does not. How does one use a B-bender without them? Seems sort of impossible -- the string slides everywhere. Since my other Creston top-loads (actually, both do) I'm using that to keep the string's lateral position on the saddle, but if I had a standard bridge would I be screwed? Also does the fact that the string is rubbing back and forth through that hole mean it's more likely to break? I think it would be...
June 9th, 2011, 05:57 PM
Thats what the teflon tubing is for. I think a Hipshot is useless unless you drill the hole or use a toploader that already has a hole. It should come with teflon tubing, if not get it at the hardware store. I tried using the Hipshot without running the string thru a hole in back of the bridge and theres just not enough downforce to keep it on the saddle.
My string stayed in place on a brass saddle without slots, but the string will saw into the soft brass pretty quickly. I replaced my B&E saddle with a threaded steel which holds it in place better and won't wear so fast. Other people have other opinions on this subject, but this is the only way I can make mine work without any problems. I think drilling the 2 holes either side of the strap button is also essential for stability.
June 10th, 2011, 10:59 AM
I've always preferred to just shim the neck a little bit to make the downforce in the bridge a little more prounounced. I don't like to have anything between the HipShot and the bridge saddle. My Tele has a slot instead of a hole and the HipShot on my Strat doesn't need anything as the angle's alright on that. I like do do some things at times where you engage the hipshot and then push down on the string behind the bridge to raise it another half tone. It's next to impossible to do that with the string going through the teflon and the hole.........JH in Va.
June 10th, 2011, 04:01 PM
The pieces of teflon tubing that I use aren't even a half inch long. They wouldn't interfere with that type of bending. Toploader bridge, not using those whacky spring thingies supplied by Hipshot. If I'm fretting the string, I tend to get the extra bend there with my left-hand fingers. I'll have to try what you're describing! Sounds like fun!
June 13th, 2011, 03:04 PM
I shimmed my neck and switched from brass saddles to slotted steel. I run the B string straight from the bender lever up over the back of the bridge to the saddle. The string stays put and doesn't feel or sound any different than the others.
Lots of folks like to drill or slot the bridge but running it "up and over" works fine for me.