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saddles - skinny or fat?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by yegbert, Apr 13, 2021.

Saddles skinny or fat?

  1. skinny

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  2. fat

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  1. yegbert

    yegbert Poster Extraordinaire

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    Saddles are often made in skinny (6.5 mm or 1/4”) or fatter (8 mm or 5/16”). Which do you like better, and why?

    Here are a couple of relatively inexpensive straight and non-grooved brass ones made in China, 6.5mm and 8mm:

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    Here’s another example, this time they are offset compensated and grooved, and are sized 1/4” and 5/16”:

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  2. alex1fly

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    Are you fitting them to a bridge plate? Or just thinking out loud? I can't imagine any significant differences based purely on the 1.5 mm length disparity, as long as whichever set you get fits.
     
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  3. yegbert

    yegbert Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have some of both sizes already, and yes I’m planning on getting another set. I like the skinnier ones purely for aesthetics, so that’s what I’ll buy again. I haven’t noticed any differences in playability or tone.
     
  4. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    Personal preference.

    I've got one set of skinny Fender threaded steel and one set of fat Glendale brass. No way am I going to tear down the guitars to swap them around to do a comparison. Both sets do what's expected of them.
     
  5. Dennyf

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    Depends on the butt and the hoss.
     
  6. igor5

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    Fat brass and skinny steel. But I don't know why.
     
  7. old wrench

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    I don't think it matters, unless . . . :)

    Depending on the guitar and it's setup, "fat" saddles can push your action higher than you might want.




    I use those saddles in your bottom picture on some of my guitars - nice saddles, although they are pretty expensive.

    I've been getting them from Philadelphia Luthier Supply.




    edit: It's also possible that on a particular guitar, especially if you play with high action, a set of "skinny" saddles could end up with the height adjustment screws maxed out, which isn't a good situation either.

    Most Teles with "standard" geometry (neck/body/bridge relationship) will work with either 1/4" or 5/16" diameter saddles.
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  8. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    FAT (and mixed)

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