Adjusting Fender saddles under tension

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by dcarroll, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. dcarroll

    dcarroll Member

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    Hi All,

    Do I need to slacken my strings when adjusting fender bridge saddles?

    Will it eventually strip the screws or am I good to adjust under string tension?

    Thank you
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    bringing the saddles forwards towards the neck, no. pulling them back, you should loosen the string a bit.
     
  3. dcarroll

    dcarroll Member

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    I meant adjusting height, not intonation. Is this what you were referring too? Thanks!
     
  4. mike shaw

    mike shaw Member

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    I always slacken the string. Why tempt fate!
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    nah, you can raise and lower them at tension without hurting the saddle screw, it's how i do it. (how else are you gonna measure the result?)

    i'd loosen the string a little if the saddle was going to come up a lot, not out of concern for the screw but for the string.
     
  6. Boris Bubbanov

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    I will loosen also because the hardware otherwise tears up the face of the bridgeplate. Looks yucky.
     

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