Just a quick question on the differences between the ABR-1 and Nashville style TOM bridges, looking at pictures the Nashville seems to be fatter, is this true?
I have a guitar with an ABR-1 style bridge and am having trouble intonating it because the saddle is as far back as it'll go, would replacing it with a Nashville give some more room to do so?
Yeah the ABR has a piece of wire that keeps the saddle screws from popping off the bidge,

the Nashville is wider and so is solid metal that the screw goes through.

Not sure if they are a drop in replacement but the Nashville should give you more intonation room

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Nashville usually have 6mm posts that can be adjusted with a flat-bladed screwdriver, and ABR-1 usually have 4mm posts, with round tops, where adjustment is only through the thumbscrew.

A quick googling confirms that indeed changing between the two isn't too easy. Bah
How does string gauge affect intonation? Do lighter strings need shorter scale lengths or is it heavier strings? Generally speaking of course.
The gotoh version of the TOM has a much wider saddle travel and works with the larger sized bridge studs.
Nashville TOM's are more or less a cross between a modern TOM (Gotoh TOM) and an ABR-1.
It uses the small posts, going into bushings; it has no saddle retainer wire.
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String gauge and scale will affect string tension more than intonation.

Light strings + normal scales and E standard = nicely playable

Light strings + normal scales and lower tunings = slack

Light strings + extended scales and lower tunings = getting playable

Heavy strings + normal scales and E standard = quite tight, but playable

Heavy strings + normal scales and lower tunings = nicely playable, similar to light + E

Heavy strings + extended scales and lower tunings = nicely playable.

If you can't intonate far enough, move the bridge. Also, consider a compensated nut for your intonation that way.
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