April 23rd, 2012, 08:01 AM
Have a recent problem with the intonation screw on the high E string saddle working loose. It has actually fallen out once and I saw it laying on the floor fortunately. Has anyone had the problem and how can it be addressed? This is on an '04 MIM Standard.
Thanks for your help.
April 23rd, 2012, 08:12 AM
April 23rd, 2012, 08:57 AM
Is it a Strat type saddle? If so, remove the saddle from the bridge, hold it on edge on a firm hard metal surface and give it a sharp-ish rap with a hammer. This closes the hole slightly and makes for a snug fit.
April 23rd, 2012, 09:02 AM
Is it a Strat type saddle?
No. It is a modern block saddle from a MM 6 saddle bridge.
April 23rd, 2012, 09:19 AM
Locktite or fingernail polish on the threads should work fine.
April 23rd, 2012, 09:26 AM
Be careful which locktite you use. If you use red locktite you won't be able to adjust the screw without heating the screw and saddle to release the locktite. Blue locktite should be fine, but read the packages and pick the one that is best for you. Red loctite is supposed to me semi-permanent. Personally, I would use clear fingernail polish.
April 23rd, 2012, 09:44 AM
Thanks! I'll give the fingernail polish a try first.
April 23rd, 2012, 06:39 PM
If it's loose enough that the screw is falling out, the hole is probably stripped. You'll probably end up replacing the saddle eventually.
April 23rd, 2012, 09:04 PM
If the hole in the saddle is stripped out, you could re-tap the hole in the saddle and use a slightly larger screw. If you decide to replace the saddle, I recommend you replace all of them so they'll look and sound consistent on all the strings.
April 23rd, 2012, 09:44 PM
Any suggestions on the best source for replacements? These are the modern style saddles.
April 24th, 2012, 12:17 PM
I like the Graph Tech stuff...