- Feb 9, 2016
- San Rafael, CA
It sounds like you have saddles with two height adjusting screws on each saddle, and if I read your question correctly, you wish to know if the saddles should be adjusted with both screws at the same height?This may be a very dumb question and I searched and found some info but not quite what i was looking for. Sorry if this has been covered (I'm guessing it probably has) but for 6 piece saddles, is even height for the hex screws on both sides of any given string piece always the goal, or do asymmetrical heights (one higher/lower) provide some adjustment benefit? If so, can someone please explain what benefit and summarize best practices on adjustments?
I read that they should be even, but mine are not usually. Once I get the string length and height where the guitar intonates and plays how I want, i always find myself make a bunch of little adjustments and they never end up even. I got tired of trial and error and not really knowing so I figured I ask.
To rephrase, my question is not how or why to adjust, or anything about differences between strings, it's for one string, should it be even height on both sides or is uneven height an adjustment feature of some kind?
If that's the question, yes, they should be approximately the same. If they are uneven, the shorter side has less pressure on the bridge, potentially allowing it to buzz, or not have enough pressure to properly transfer string vibrations.
When adjusting string height, simply adjust BOTH height screws a little at a time to keep them even. They don't have to be exact, but should be close.
I am a guitar builder, so not just guessing.