The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Build and Repair

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 11-11-2019, 11:21 AM
tommypaton tommypaton is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Ayrshire Scotland
Posts: 5
Default Replacement Taylor GS Mini saddle

I am looking at replacing the saddle on my GS Mini.
When I look online the images I see appear to show saddles that are blank ( not pre slotted)
Is it possible to purchase a saddle that is a direct replacement ie slotted like when fitted to the guitar?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-11-2019, 01:47 PM
Earl49 Earl49 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Idaho
Posts: 7,816
Default

Saddles generally are not pre-slotted. There is often some compensation (length) built in, especially for the b string. Nuts often have slots to set the string spacing, but the slots still need to be filed for proper string depth relative to the first fret. Maybe I don't understand the question?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-11-2019, 03:03 PM
tommypaton tommypaton is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Ayrshire Scotland
Posts: 5
Default Regarding saddle comments

Thanks Earl. No you have understood fine. I cant imagine Taylor file each saddle individually so I cannot understand why they would not supply a new slotted saddle? Mines was damaged after a bump. Now I need to pay a luthier to file new slots?
Surely they must produce slotted saddles for their production line?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-11-2019, 05:23 PM
Dave Abrahamson Dave Abrahamson is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Safety Harbor, FL
Posts: 313
Default

Which end of the guitar are we talking about Tommy?
Nuts have slots.Up by the tuners.
Saddles,inset into the bridge,are generally straight except for a compensated b string ramp. Taylor also used a "wave" design saddle.
__________________
1968 or 69 Ovation classical
2001 Taylor 355
2002 Taylor 308 BB
2004 Taylor 214
1964 Fender Stratocaster
1965 Fender Jazz Bass
1965 reissue Fender Twin Reverb
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-11-2019, 05:36 PM
mirwa mirwa is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 2,330
Default

Aftermarket bone nuts and saddles from Taylor are not slotted, they are rough carved for final setting up on the instrument, final setup includes tweaking edges, laying out string lines and filing the slots to height

Steve
__________________
Cole Clark Fat Lady
Gretsch Electromatic
Martin CEO7
Maton Messiah
Taylor 814CE
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-12-2019, 04:24 AM
tommypaton tommypaton is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Ayrshire Scotland
Posts: 5
Default Thanks to you all

Mirwa, Dave Earl, and anyone else who posts later...
Thank you most sincerely for all the guidance and communication.
I have been playing guitars for longer than I remember and now I have learned something I hadnt realised.
I had not considered that the close proximity of the saddle to the bridge pin holes did not necessitate slots, unlike the nut that has no string guidance as such. I had it in my mind that small slots were cut on it.
New lesson learned at 67 years of age.
Never too old to learn " every day's a school day" as they say
Many many thanks guys and gals
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-12-2019, 08:35 AM
runamuck runamuck is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,545
Default

http://www.guitarsaddles.com/pricing.asp
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-12-2019, 08:40 AM
runamuck runamuck is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,545
Default

http://www.guitarsaddles.com/pricing.asp
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-12-2019, 10:59 AM
Earl49 Earl49 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Idaho
Posts: 7,816
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tommypaton View Post
.....I had not considered that the close proximity of the saddle to the bridge pin holes did not necessitate slots.....
Notches can eventually wear in the saddle surface, but they are not normally put there on purpose. Some folks have deliberately filed notches to encourage wider string spacing at the nut than would passively happen. For example, if they wanted 2-5/16" spacing for fingerpicking but the manufacturer's standard was 2-1/4".
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Build and Repair

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=