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What size saddles for Squier Paranormal Cabronita?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by HonenShonin, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. HonenShonin

    HonenShonin Tele-Meister

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    I posted this in the Squier sub-forum, but then it occurred to me that it might belong here instead.

    10.5mm or 10.8mm?

    I recently got a new Squier Paranormal Thinline Cabronita (Jazzbronita?). It's a lovely guitar. The neck feels great, the frets are nicely done, the Fiesta Red finish looks good, and the pickups sound really nice.

    The hardware is a little cheap, though. The first two things I want to replace are the tuners (which have an annoying amount of play in them) and the bridge saddles (since I don't like bent steel strat saddles).

    I'm looking to buy some Gotoh block saddles in steel or brass (haven't decided which). The problem is that I don't know what size to get. I gather that some bridges need 10.5mm saddles and some need 10.8mm saddles. Unfortunately, the distinction is so fine that I'm not confident I can accurately determine it with a ruler.

    Does anyone know what size saddles I need for this guitar? 10.5mm or 10.8mm?

    Your help is much appreciated!
     
  2. Theorage

    Theorage Tele-Meister

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    It depends on the screw spacing of your particular bridge -- can you not measure it? Measure the distance between strings 1 & 6 (e.g., a 10.5 mm saddle will stack together as 52.5 mm, E to E).

    I would suspect that the narrower choice is appropriate: 10.5 mm. A TV Jones bridge Filtertron has a pole spacing of 51.56 mm -- that seems like a good pairing.
     
  3. HonenShonin

    HonenShonin Tele-Meister

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    Thanks, I'll take another look. The strat saddles that come stock on the bridge seem fiddly and imprecise enough that I'm not 100% confident in being able to nail the measurement to within 1.5mm using just a ruler, but I'll give it a go.

    I'm also learning that I get better Google hits if I search for 52.5mm and 54mm instead of 10.5mm and 10.8mm. It does seem you're right that the Squier bridge is probably 52.5mm.

    Thank you for the help!
     
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