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Strat intonation issue...

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So I've got a strat where most of the saddles need to be adjusted pretty far out, some are even up against the screws that hold the bridge to the body. Is there a way to adjust it so the saddles wouldn't be toward one extreme?
 

burningyen

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Unless the mounting screws are stopping you from accurately intonating the guitar, this is pretty common and I wouldn't worry about it.
 

Chris Scott

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Ok, next question. Where can I find longer saddle springs?
I just stretch 'em out - don't need to go too far, just about 2-3mm usually does the trick, and you'll likely only need to do 3 - the D, B and E.

Yes, they are pretty stout, but it can be done.
 

Rockledge

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The springs from old ball point pens make great saddle and pickup springs. I've been taking them out of pens since the 60s for that purpose.
 
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Unless the mounting screws are stopping you from accurately intonating the guitar, this is pretty common and I wouldn't worry about it.
I'm right up against one of the screws on the D and high E but it's RIGHT THERE, you know? Only noticeable to the strobe tuner.
By the way, ball-point pen springs, Rock? BRILLIANT! Was a bitch getting them on there but works perfectly.
 




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