July 7th, 2012, 04:29 PM
Hello folks, I got a bit of a problem with my tele. I bought a new set of Brass Saddles to go along with my new bigsby on my tele, I had never had brass saddles before so I just ordered the standard Fender pack. I found out that the saddles didn't have any preset grooves worn into them, but I continued to set up my bigsby and string it up. Turns out all the strings didn't aline properly and wore grooves into weird spots on the saddles, which sucks. Another problem is that the screws that lower or raise the action always seemed to get turned by my hand, lowering them til I get some bad buzz when I am playing live. Are there any ways to remedy this? I am a bit of a newbie when it comes to the three saddle bridges :oops:
July 7th, 2012, 09:09 PM
Perhaps shim the neck very slightly, (I use folded over copper shielding tape right at the heel of the neck, or a piece of very thin veneer) As for the saddles, lay your guitar flat, set your strings where you want them to be (width placement) the with a small nut file, cut a very slight grove into the saddle. Your strings will stay placed well and keep their tone.
July 8th, 2012, 12:34 AM
file slight grooves like twang said and i have heard that a drop of thinned super glue will help keep the saddles where they need to be and wont effect changing them in the future.
July 8th, 2012, 12:39 AM
might want to look into some Rutters saddles. He offers his bridges with a Bigsby mod and when doing so, suggests chrome plates saddles as they won't wear as fast. His saddles have grooves in them so that helps with string location as well.