Telecaster “Fat Saddles”

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  1. Kmaxbrady

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    Wish I had those instead of my Rutters. But I'm not buying any more saddles, period.
     
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    Those grooves look awful deep.

    Strings should come off the tops of the saddles (not emerge from a groove) for best tone. Same goes for nut slots.
     
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    hey OP.. is it too hard to post a pic in here?,,,,...:rolleyes:

    you know the story.. pics or it didn't happen...:D
     
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    They are pictured in his avatar......
     
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    Groovy!
     
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    Too deep grooves
     
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    They look like great saddles for a Bigsby installation.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. The depth of the grooves is actually part of the design. I wanted the smoothest surface possible for your palm so I made sure the strings would sit just below the top surface.
    As far as the effect on the tone I’m not sure what difference it would make to have them emerging from a groove or coming off the top of the saddle. The grooves are cut down to a 3/8 inch diameter, so it’s as if the strings are resting on a 3/8 diameter saddle. Now, if the grooves were pinching the sides of the string you could get that sitar effect, but the grooves are .06 wide, and unless your running like 13s or larger you won’t have that issue even with your low E.
    I’ve had them on my tele for months now and they sound fantastic!
     
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    I understand. Thanks for the explanation of how they're made.
     
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    I thought Bensonsite was some new sweet material..

    They do look cool!

    thanks for letting us know about them.
     
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    Yeah I think it’s the name of some kind of composite countertop material. Totally different market so I’m probably okay using it. I named it after my little boy :)
     
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    They look pretty cool. From a machinist's standpoint, one wonders why they didn't just cut those grooves all the way around on the lathe it's already in....?
     
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    Any possibility of a steel or aluminum lo-E/A saddle, and the others brass? (For us weirdos)
     
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    Actually we’re making them on a mill. The slots are like that by design. They are machined offset so the breaking points are compensated for improved intonation. They are also shifted back .05” so there aren’t clearance issues with the corner of the saddle and the screws that fasten the bridge plate to the body.
     
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    Definitely. I just have brass right now but I’ll have more options in the near future if there is enough interest.
     
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    They definitely look interesting.....if I wasn't so happy with my Wilkinson compensated saddles I'd jump in right now. Thanks for bringing to our attention.
     
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    Thanks! Which Wilkinson saddles do you have?
     
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    They are brass compensated......that's all I know. Wilkinson vintage-style bridge as well. "Conventional" on one Telecaster, and a "left handed" (so pickup slant is opposite) on another. And yes....I knew to change saddles on the left handed one so compensation points are correct. The left handed pickup slant sounds good, especially with my Bootstrap Pickups' Pretzel p/up, but not sure how much the slant affects overall sound. The Pretzel on my other (regular slant) Tele sounds great as well.
     
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