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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by tkdcal, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. tkdcal

    tkdcal TDPRI Member

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    Hey all,

    What do you guys do, if anything, about the tele saddle screws sticking up? Those buggers irritate the heck out of my hand. Any suggestions?
     
  2. stevopacnw

    stevopacnw Former Member

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    Get a shorter set of saddle adjustment screws.
     
  3. Formerblonde

    Formerblonde Tele-Meister

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    Well, you can't grind the top off the screws or you won't be able to adjust the string height anymore. What I'd do is count the number of threads sticking out the top, and remove that much from the bottom with a grinder or.... go to the nearest hardware supplier and watch them roll their eyes when you say you want 6 just a bit shorter than 'this' one.
     
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  5. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity

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    Put the ashtray on.
     
  6. 1955

    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

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    You can cut them with a jigsaw, your foot, pair of pliers, and a metal cutting blade. Use care. Can you tell i am not a craftsman? Then you use a demel type tool with a few metal grinding attachments to get it smooth. The Big Lots store has a tool plus attachments for 10 bucks. Once youve done your setup you can use a marker to color the screw to know how much to trim off roughly on the screw.
     
  7. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I don't do anything about it and keep the meaty part of my hand still
     
  8. tkdcal

    tkdcal TDPRI Member

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    Somethin' tells me I been doing it wrong. :neutral:
     
  9. Camplain

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    You have 3 options I can think of. Get new shorter screws, cut the old ones, or shim the neck...

    I wouldn't go changing my picking style to accommodate uncomfortable height screws... I'd be most likely to shim the neck slightly at the rear of the pocket, that's not as practical as getting shorter screws, but I like my strings up kinda high off the body, so it works for me.
     
  10. nadzab

    nadzab Friend of Leo's

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    Dremel those babies.
     
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    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I think I am just lucky that I have never had an issue with even really overly long saddle height screws sticking out.
     
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    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Make sure your tetanus shot is up to date as an aside!
     
  13. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity

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    ..if screws stick out or if the saddles need to go right down to get an acceptable action...I shim the back of the neck and raise the saddles, so the screws are flush....

    or fiddle about and trim the small grub screws shorter....

    either method will work..:)
     
  14. Dr. Bill

    Dr. Bill Tele-Afflicted

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    I bought some shorter screws for the low and high E strings as the Fastenal store. Fixed!
     
  15. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

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    I also shimmed the neck on a vintage tele.

    Plus it gave me more space for pick-up adjustments as I had to raise the bridge to compensate for shimming.

    Solved 95% of the problem.
     
  16. Rolling Estonian

    Rolling Estonian Friend of Leo's

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    Shorter screws is the way to go. Smaller mom and pop hardware stores are a better bet than big box. If you know the diameter, look online, I know Callaham offers them for their saddles.

    M
     
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    You are too sensitive ...MAN UP, DUDE!
     
  18. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

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    +1 re: "shim the neck".

    There may always be a reason for longer screws.
     
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    lol
     
  20. ringosoft

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    And yes, shim the neck... it is easy and completely reversible
     
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    A combination of "either or" as described above to suit. Sad to say they used to be made with different height screws.
    But hey, think about us luthiers. If all guitars left the factory player perfect, we'd have much less work.
     
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