Strats make me bleed.

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by trapland, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. trapland

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    Ouch! I keep cutting myself on strats (teles too) because of the bridge adjustment screws.
    To be fair I also cut myself on the saddle edges of Gibson’s too, but I can round them off. I don’t know what to do about strat screws.

    I th0ught about grinding the bottom of the screws off so that no screw is above the saddle, but with the vintage style saddles there’s only a couple threads holding the screws.

    I can’t be the only one. What have you all come up with? Different saddles? Different screws? Use the ashtray? (no!)
     
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    I had the same worry about only a few threads --- but you just have to be very careful about how much you remove. I made sure I had the saddle height set the way I wanted it and shortened the screws until they just sit almost flush with the tops of the saddles. I mean they do poke out the top of the saddles a tiny bit and I smoothed over (rounded) the top edges with sandpaper so they aren't too grabby. I can still raise the saddles a little if I need to.

    I used a dremel with the mini cutoff wheels --- holding the screw with vicegrips lightly clamped and tape wrapped around the threads to protect them from the pliers -- the sides of the wheels work to smooth/round off the bottoms of the screws after cutting them shorter.
    I only removed one screw at a time to cut down - that way I kept the saddles at the preferred setup height and just had to fine tune one screw at a time.

    Yikes, I should have brushed away the dust and lint before this closeup::lol:
    SaddleScrews.jpg
     
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    Bleed for your art.
     
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    Honestly, you need to reexamine your technique. Banging your hand into any piece of metal over and over is not a great idea, even if it doesn't immediately cut you.
     
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    Consider a shim, and get your saddles up.
     
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    Play through the pain, get callouses and Keep going. Seriously, learning an instrument develops callouses and your palms should eventually get as rough as your feet pads walking on pavement barefoot. If you lift free weights they give you hand callouses too, violin playing makes a weird red bump under the jaw on the left side from the chin rest contact point and a callous on the right hand index finger thumb side from holding the bow. Constant playing of your instrument makes your hands toughen up where the skin meets the instrument. Bending on an acoustic used to rip my finger skin, it doesn’t now.
     
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    I agree with that. Even if you are playing death metal you shouldn't bleed while doing palm mutes.
     
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    piece of duct tape or some hot glue over the top
     
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    You're inserting it in the wrong orifice.
     
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    I don't know if this advice is of any use to you, but you could try a Gretsch with the bar bridge.

    This type of Schaller bridge may also help on a Les Paul, as long as you are not scraping yourself on the rollers.
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    The other parts are below the bridge, so they shouldn't scrape you. I don't think the rollers are sharp, but I'm not bothered by regular tune-o-matics either.
     
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    I do file all my bridges too. I also bleed... well, used to bleed

    Now I have big calluses in my both hands and don't bleed any more

    [​IMG]
     
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    A couple of observations
    1. shorter screws are available, commonly installed in the outer bridge pieces and
    2. bridge pieces may be adjusted too low whilst setting string action - try adjusting the neck angle (use 1/4" wide shim/s under end of neck or utilise tilt screw if fitted) to achieve desired action (approx. 4/64" or 1.5mm) and string height above pickguard of approx. 3/8" or 10mm. This should allow screws to be nearly flush with top of bridge pieces.
    Problem solved, Ross
     
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    Buy some chainmail gloves or take up harmonica.
     
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    You could also get a hardtail strat and put a Danelectro bridge with the wooden saddle on it.
     
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    Is he supposed to get calluses on his right palm? He says it's the bridge height adjustment screws that are hurting his right hand, not his left fretting hand.

    Those highwood saddles look nice, they would solve the problem!
     
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    This is one of the reasons why I love wraparound style bridges.:)
     
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    Swap out for American Standard style saddles.
    Smooth.
     
  19. Si G X

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    yup, those bent steel things..... no, just no.

    They are such a bad design.
     
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