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Old 07-07-2019, 07:14 AM
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Default 1/4 inch saddle too wide?



I removed the chunk of metal holding the original adjustable saddle and all the associated hardware, removed and reglued the bridge, but now I'm wondering if I should try a wide bone saddle(I have lots of bone to make one) or fill the slot and go with a more traditional thinner saddle. I't a cheap Bently that I'm just goofing around with so no pressure one way or the other.
Is that wide of a saddle too much?

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Old 07-07-2019, 08:17 AM
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All of my guitars are fitted with 3/16 saddles for intonation purposes. Ive used 1/4 as well. It can be done if you want.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:45 AM
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Thank you Charles
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:52 AM
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All of my guitars are fitted with 3/16 saddles for intonation purposes. Ive used 1/4 as well. It can be done if you want.
Do you happen to have a picture of either a 1/4" or 3/16" saddle that's been profiled and fit in a finished guitar?
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:06 AM
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Hopefully, others with greater knowledge will chime in, but it occurs to me that your saddle will be sitting directly on the top rather than sitting in a slot in the bridge as is usually the case.
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:47 AM
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Yea I would consider putting a hardwood shim under that so the saddle is not right on top. I've done this on a few guitars like that. The more common technique is to fill it with wood and use a standard 1/8th or so slot. If you could cut very accuracy like a 1/8th hardwood shim and glue it in it will help. But a 1/4in saddle is great. That way you can get precise intonation.
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:40 AM
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A number of highly respected individual luthiers use 1/4"wide saddles - it's perfectly legal to do so.
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:27 AM
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Thank you everyone. I'll be fitting that shim under the saddle too. Good advise.
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Old 07-13-2019, 09:42 AM
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On the subject of needing the shim. I don't have any rosewood or ebony laying around, but I do have some hickory. Would that be hard enough?
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:00 AM
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On the subject of needing the shim. I don't have any rosewood or ebony laying around, but I do have some hickory. Would that be hard enough?
Sure. Maple is fine too.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:57 AM
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Thank you again Mr. Tauber
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Old 07-13-2019, 07:51 PM
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just make a 1/4 slug to fill then slot that. Or you could make a 1/8 bone saddle and put 1/16'" spacers either side. Either will be a significant improvement over the adjustable junk.
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Old 07-15-2019, 01:49 PM
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Ok. Sorry but one more last question. Should the shim be glued to the top? It will sit directly on the top with the through cut slot in the bridge.
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Old 08-04-2019, 02:30 PM
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I cut and fit a bone saddle for a nice tight fit.
Would you glue the shim directly to the top in the saddle slot?
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