One rattling saddle

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  1. ppg677

    ppg677 Tele-Meister

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    I've got one string that seems to buzz/rattle something in the bridge area. I don't think it is fret buzz, as raising the action sky high on that string doesn't help. (And putting my ear close makes me believe it is in the saddle area).

    I tried Loctite on the height adjustment screws. I haven't yet tried Loctite on the intonation screws.

    Any advice before I unscrew the intonation screws and see if Loctite helps there?

    It's a Wilkonsin 3-saddle bridge
     
  2. Teleguy61

    Teleguy61 Friend of Leo's

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    Frequently it means that one of the two adjustment screws in each segment is loose.
    Usually the one to the outside of the bridge--for example, the "E" screw on the "B-E" segment.
     
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    Let me guess... the G string?
     
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    Yes!
     
  5. Red Bread

    Red Bread Tele-Meister

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    I had a similar issue with a 94 top loading bridge
    I’d be playing and on a stiffer down pick I’d get a buzz from my G saddle
    I’d did everything couldn’t get the saddle to not buzz
    Then I figured out one of my bridge screws that hold the bridge to the body had come loose a few turns
    Tighten it back up no more buzz
     
  6. LutherBurger

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    It could be a saddle spring buzzing. I've experienced that with both vintage and modern bridges.
     
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    It’s always the G string. Try doing a really good setup including intonations, then give the G side of that saddle a gentle tap or two with a rubber mallet or a fret hammer. Sometimes the saddle needs to settle in a bit so it’s not buzzing against the base of the bridge.
     
  8. philosofriend

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    If it is not any of the already mentioned problems:

    The brass of the saddle can wear. If you lift the string off the saddle and look at the shape of the string path with a magnifying glass you can diagnose this. The part that is shiny from the string helps you see what is going on. The string should go up over a ramp, then jump off quickly towards the nut. If the ramp part gets worn to level, or gets worn longer than the width of a fret, it can buzz or make sitar sounds. A little work with a triangular file can make it all good again.

    The hard steel strings can't help but wear down the brass saddles.
     
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