A few years ago I saw an Epiphone Chet Atkins SST hanging on the wall somewhere. I let it get away from me, and I regretted it. I kept my eye out, and came across this one about a year and a half ago: Dirt cheap, no case, but what the heck, I wasn't going to make that mistake again. Little did I know. It's a beautiful guitar, and it plays like a dream. I took it to my Friday lesson, and it started acting up. The piezo was cutting in and out, and just driving us crazy, I borrowed my son's guitar and finished my lesson. I did some poking around on the interweb, and it looked like the electronics were Fishman, but there wasn't a lot of information on it. The saddle sat in a tiny U-channel, which then sat in the bridge as per usual. Odd, but straightforward. I pried it out, and the saddle broke. No big deal. Pfft! It turned out the piezo element itself was bad. The original elements aren't available these days, not a big deal, just plug in a universal piezo and rock on. Now to deal with the broken saddle. Turns out that original saddles aren't available either. Easy stuff, just make a new saddle. The saddle slot in the bridge is a non-standard .185". Was this thing manufactured on Neptune, or something? I don't recall everything that happened, but I do know that saddle is a big part of the reason I hate working with bone now. I eventually threw a 1/8" saddle in it, shimmed it with some paper, and put it away for a year and a half. It was awful, the saddle slot is so shallow that the saddle really has to fit well or it will tilt toward the nut. And it did. For some reason I decided that today was the day I'd finish the Chet. I had a 1/8" saddle, and then ran all over the house micing things, looking for a .060" shim. No joy. I cut a piece of pickguard material, glued it to the saddle, and put it in the vise to cure. A few minutes on the belt sander, and tink! It took off, never to be seen again. Yep. Time for a break. Now what? I poked around in my collection of odds and ends, and came up with a Fishman Cleartone saddle. The length was perfect, and it was absurdly tall, but it trimmed down just fine. Now for the dreaded shim. I wandered around with my calipers again, and found that a sliver off of a CD would be just the perfect thickness. Some slicing, sanding, and supergluing, and it fit perfectly. Unbelievable. This thing has finally given up and cooperated. Now, if I could just find a case for it that won't mean a second mortgage!