'73 Stratocaster nut and saddle replacement

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  1. AXEnGEAR4J

    AXEnGEAR4J Supporting Member

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    Time to pull out my old '73 sunburst out of the closet my parents bought for me when new and start using it...
    It needs a new nut and looks like saddles too.
    Anything I should know or do before I take it in to our local reputable luthier? Use a bone nut? or? Fender replacement saddles? Would like to keep it as original as possible.
     
  2. doc

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    Just take it to the luthier and go from there. Unless your saddles are rusting off, likely just clean them up and go.
     
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    A bone nut is what I'd do.

    As far as saddles, try to use the originals, or buy some originals from a dealer or eBay.
     
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    Pot metal mid-'70s saddles and one-piece bridges were crummy..face it. One of the reasons CBS got the bad rep.
    Could originality really be that important?
     
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    Congrats on your axe, I played a '73 on the weekend and it was fantastic.
     
  7. AXEnGEAR4J

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    I can always keep them as case candy and easily put back!
     

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