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tuneomatic bridge problems

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hello, i have encountered problems with all my guitars with tuneomatic bridges (and fenders equivalent). i am quite a aggressive guitarist anyway and i don't get this problem in practices but when i play live my technique completely changes. my band played in drop A sharp and i use a .60 for my bottom A sharp and i find the way i pick i always manage to pull the string out its saddle and over onto the bridge. i never get any problems like this with a hardtail.. i was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions about changing my technique or modify the guitars in some way? i mainly play a classic player jaguar and a modern player jazzmaster. thanks in advanced sam.
 

Alton

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You would be better off using a baritone guitar of your choice. That way you would only be tuning down 1/2 step. If you need to jump to standard tuning for a song or three just put a capo on the 6th fret (from A#). You will have to take time to get used to the longer scale/neck as it will feel like a bass guitar.
 

Jason_77

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Partly technique but also your saddle most likely needs a bigger groove for the .60 string.
 
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You would be better off using a baritone guitar of your choice. That way you would only be tuning down 1/2 step. If you need to jump to standard tuning for a song or three just put a capo on the 6th fret (from A#). You will have to take time to get used to the longer scale/neck as it will feel like a bass guitar.
good idea but i would rather modify/ change these guitars rather than forking out for a baritone..
 

kimock

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http://whizzobuzzstop.com/

That ought to hold it down.
Last resort would be go up to 65 for your low string, I think that's the biggest gauge a vintage style tuner will accommodate.
60's kinda wimpy for that low a pitch, I'm not surprised it's flopping around.

Anyway, you definitely need more down angle behind the bridge and the widget in the link should take care of that.

Good luck!!
 

Luke Duke

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You probably need a deeper notch in saddle...but add that to you don't have "enough" string tension to keep the string itself seated well. I agree with the premise that you should save up for a baritone. You need more scale length for that kind of tuning. You could consider some larger strings to bring up the tension a little, but you're looking at baritone strings in that range.
 






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