NGD, but not sure about saddles/action

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  1. pagedr

    pagedr TDPRI Member

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    So I purchased a Jimmy Page mirror tele last week from Pro Audio Star - they're selling B-Stock versions for $1,550 (https://www.proaudiostar.com/fender...ster-white-blonde-w-rosewood-fingerboard.html) and I've bought from them in the past with no issue so I took a shot on it. The guitar arrived today and is great, but I'm concerned about the saddle height when I lowered the action. Initially I thought it was due to the top loader bridge, so I restrung through the body but the saddles are still super low with very little break angle. Action is about 1.25mm at the 12th fret which is right about where I like it, just concerned about the saddle height on a brand new guitar. Pictures attached here. Thoughts?
     

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  2. adjason

    adjason Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    The last tele I built was like that. I said hey its good enough but really it bothered me. The stew mac .25 shim made it perfect-yes I get that you don't want to do that to a new expensive guitar. The other option is get some shorter adjustment screws and just live with it. If it played great I would probably just leave it and not worry about it. I tend to think "break angle" is over rated.
     
  3. pagedr

    pagedr TDPRI Member

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    Appreciate it. Yeah, I hate having to install a shim on a brand new guitar, but it's not like I paid anywhere close to a brand new price so not sure it's worth sending it back over something that can be fixed/isn't the end of the world.
     
  4. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I think it’s fine. But you’re gonna wanna try shorter height adjustment screws. Those things sticking up like that are gonna be crazy uncomfortable.
     
  5. Peegoo

    Peegoo Friend of Leo's

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    Break angle is overrated unless you have too little of it :twisted: Jazzmaster, anyone?

    Cut a strip from a thin piece (.020" or so) of hardwood veneer or an old credit card 2" long and 1/4" wide. Put it here in the neck pocket (red), reattach the neck, and proceed with the setup. That should get the saddles where you want them.

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  6. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

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    My luthier, a graduate of the Galloup School, put shims in two Teles of mine and it has been better since.
     
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    I'd get shorter screws, but there's no shame in a shim.
     
  8. Southpaw Tele

    Southpaw Tele Friend of Leo's

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    Us Jazzmaster owners are indeed used to shimming brand new guitars. I love the StewMac full pocket shims. Why they don’t angle the neck pocket on all models at Fender in these days is beyond me.
     
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