highwood saddles

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  1. richbike

    richbike Tele-Meister

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    hi folks.
    so i have a pimped up yami pacifica 412 but it never quite gave me the strat clang.
    the bridge is a totally non standard post spacing.
    tried solid stainless saddles....meh
    just stuck a set of highwoods on.
    massive improvement at least to my ears, no sharp screws and they look vintage if that bothers you.
    highly recommended.
     

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    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    They don't look like wood or even very high?
     
  3. Ringo

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    I have a set on my Fender parts caster Strat, I like them a lot, I can't say that I notice a big tonal difference but they are comfortable for my palm and they are very well made, my Strat stays in tune well even with moderate whammy bar use.

    First picture is an American Special Strat that I had the Highwood saddles on, I kept them when I parted it out and saved them for my next Strat project.


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    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Oh that IS an improvement on the original 1954 design!
    Never saw them before.
     
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    gmann Friend of Leo's

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    The absolute best IMO. I’ve had these on every Strat I’ve had in the last 10 yrs. They are on my ‘60 Strat and the originals are in a zip lock bag in the case.
     
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    Very cool, I’ll check em’ out!
     
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    AJBaker Friend of Leo's

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    I like the idea! Definitely a subtle functional improvement on the original design without changing its essence.
     
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    I’d never come across these until I recently bought a Smitty S. Love the feel. Top of the heap stuff.
     
  9. Tony Reid

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    Highwood saddles are very well designed and engineered, but the ones from Klein Pickups are the best in terms of vintage tone - IMHO, of course.
    https://www.kleinpickups.com/p-458-solid-steel-stratocaster-vintage-saddles-112mm-6pcs.aspx
    He also does vintage springs:
    https://www.kleinpickups.com/p-457-spring-tremolo-springs-vintage-tension-replacements-5pcs.aspx
    Highly recommended for clean clear vintage strat tones.
    I have no commercial interest, other than being a very happy customer of his pickups for Strat and Tele, and now his saddles and springs.
     
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    Those Klein springs look to be very similar to the Raw Vintage springs I put on my MIJ. The low tension definitely makes a difference. I expected the difference to be subtle but it was obvious. They changed the sound for the better and the tremolo action feels more controlled and accurate in pitch.
     
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    Like a lot of these components, and the claims..... naturally of mfc.'s:

    89.94% Snake Oil
     
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