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new saddle install and intonation

imastratoholic

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I'm going to put new saddles on a guitar I have, and would like to know how to figure out where the saddles should be roughly adjusted starting out. Without a reference point of old saddles to work off of. I've searched the internet and can't find anything that shows where to start.
Thanks!
 

AceBSpankin

Prince of Ales
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Measure from the neck side of the nut to the center of the little E saddle.
 

imastratoholic

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Once the saddles are where they should be, I can intonate. But no, with new saddle install and rough setup, no.
I'm trying to learn this process and thought I might find some help here. I didn't think this would be such an abrasive question?
 

walterw

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simmer down kids!

you do indeed measure! from the front edge of the nut to the center of the 12th fret, get a distance; then, from the center of the 12th fret to the bridge, measure that exact same distance; that's your theoretical scale length.

put the high E saddle to where the string first touches it right at that point, then set the other saddles back from that, in a shallow "zig-zag" pattern with the D back up slightly in front of the G.
 

PLAYLOUD

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Once the saddles are where they should be, I can intonate. But no, with new saddle install and rough setup, no.
I'm trying to learn this process and thought I might find some help here. I didn't think this would be such an abrasive question?
I asked because I was trying to help. Just put the saddle about where the other one was and then intonate from there. Do it a few times and it gets pretty easy. You need to intonate every once in a while and when you change to different gauge strings.
 






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