Gotoh In-tune brass saddle height adjusting screws

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  1. PeterUK

    PeterUK Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    We think alike. I use a business card and eye in the saddle position for intonation and also adjust the saddles for radius using a radius gauge.

    I have to confess that on one bridge I got the saddles positions, height and radius 'almost' perfect. The intonation and radius required the tiniest of adjustment once I set the action and adjusted the truss rod.

    I'm never too far off but on this one occasion I was so, so close!

    BTW, I wish we had a McMasters Carr on this side of the pond. I can get every conceivable metric size but I'm really struggling on Imperial.

    I do have some 6-32 grub screws but I can only find Gavin at Axecaster who stocks them as an extra for his vintage saddles.

    Anyone else in the UK know of a local supplier.
     
  2. yegbert

    yegbert Poster Extraordinaire

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    A business card under the saddles? I guess one would easily cover the area under all of the screws and probably be a little more sturdy. I’ll have to try that!
     
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    Timely thread. I just did the exact same thing as the OP on my Tele. I ended up replacing all six of the 10mm screws in my bridge with 8mm pieces. My palm could not be happier.
     
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  4. yegbert

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    I haven’t tried it yet with the threaded steel saddles like I was thinking, but I’ve now made my own compensating grooves in a set of straight fat (5/16” inch or so in diameter) *brass* saddles.

    These were a set I got from fleaBay, an Asian made bridge. They were chrome plated brass with small straight grooves, and incidentally I removed all that chrome with a dremel-like tool with a slightly abrasive brush-wheel. I opened up the grooves deeper, slightly wider, and staggered (eyeballing an RS Guitarworks set) with a cutting disc and then polished them again with the brush.

    The bridge with the staggered-groove-compensated saddles is mounted to the guitar here, it’s the gold plated one. To its left is a 2006 or so Squier Standard with either Gotoh or MIM Standard 6 block shaped saddles that I was thinking about using but decided I might need to cut the springs or use shorter saddles to get it intonated. The gold bridge is stringed top-loaded.

    The guitar intonates correctly with these.

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