#1
My strings are about 1 1/2 CM from the neck of the guitar due to the bridge being very tall. just wanted to know what you gize think and if you have any tips be4 i do it.
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#2
put a picture up before u do it for people to look at and make suggestions
#3
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#4
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Well, if no one can give you good tips here, go to one of the big retailers i.e. Guitar Center or Sam Ash and ask for them to do it. A lot of the time they will be the only people with the skill to do this without screwing up your guitar. Small music stores oftentimes don't have the person with the craft employed with them... and have to ship it off to the big retailer to do it.

I experienced said situation when I needed my frets replaced on a steel string guitar. They had to ship it to the guy who did repairs for Sam Ash. It took 3 1/2 weeks.

Another time I went through a small store they had my electric for over a month to seriously order a part for my floyd rose. To simply ORDER a PART!!!

... So if you can't get help here, go to the big guys.

And this is also a project I'm looking to do on a Cordoba nylon.
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#5
Well, sanding down a saddle isn't as big a mystery as it sounds. It's pretty simple, just gotta be patient. First take out the actual saddle. Duh! Then sand down the bottom. Not where the strings go, the other. To sand it, take a flat even surface and lay sanding paper down on it. put the saddle on top and sand very very very slowly and carefully. Go little by little. So sand of a bit put it in again. Restring try for a few days, if it's still to high repeat the process. Make sure you just go little by little. Even though it's an easy job, it's not a one day job, it would be done best stretched over a week so you get used to the feeling of the guitar each time you sand it down. If you really don't feel confident, take it to a store and ask them to show you. And that local stores don't have someone that can sand down a bridge is rubbish. Local stores have at least one person that knows how to change strings, fix action, buzzes and the sort. At least any self respecting one would.


Confusedit: ^ fixed.
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#6
I think you meant to sand down the saddle, not the bridge.
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#7
yes i mean the little bone peice, and thank you confusious, i did what you said and have restrung it, its better, tomorrow ill sand it a little more. thank you all
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#9
Quote by confusius
That would be much more of a pain in the ass, and more complicated a job. Bridge is better and easier.


Er, your terminology is backwards there Confusius. The bridge is the wood piece glued to the soundboard of the guitar. The saddle is the bone piece that fit's into it. The saddle is what we're talking about sanding down here. I've noticed you make this goof in other posts, but blew it off, but for this particular one, I feel compelled to correct you.
#10
Yeah, I know what happened. See, when he said saddle, for some reason I though he was talking about the nut, which would be a pain in the ass, right? (I hope I'm not ****ing up here now). See, I think I mix them up because coming from violin, there isn't really a bridge, there is only the saddle, which is called the bridge, which is what confused me. I'm really sorry, I won't make that mistake again. Yeah, so when I said bridge I meant saddle and for some reason I though he was talking the nut... That's a pretty big **** up At least my info on sanding it down was correct.

*insert extremely embarrassed emoticon here*


Won't happen again though...
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#11
Quote by confusius
Yeah, I know what happened. See, when he said saddle, for some reason I though he was talking about the nut, which would be a pain in the ass, right? (I hope I'm not ****ing up here now). See, I think I mix them up because coming from violin, there isn't really a bridge, there is only the saddle, which is called the bridge, which is what confused me. I'm really sorry, I won't make that mistake again. Yeah, so when I said bridge I meant saddle and for some reason I though he was talking the nut... That's a pretty big **** up At least my info on sanding it down was correct.

*insert extremely embarrassed emoticon here*


Won't happen again though...


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#12
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#13
Quote by confusius
Yeah, I know what happened. See, when he said saddle, for some reason I though he was talking about the nut, which would be a pain in the ass, right? (I hope I'm not ****ing up here now). See, I think I mix them up because coming from violin, there isn't really a bridge, there is only the saddle, which is called the bridge, which is what confused me. I'm really sorry, I won't make that mistake again. Yeah, so when I said bridge I meant saddle and for some reason I though he was talking the nut... That's a pretty big **** up At least my info on sanding it down was correct.

*insert extremely embarrassed emoticon here*


Won't happen again though...


Is ok, that's what the forum is for.

About the nut thing, yes, it must be very cautious doing that kind of mod, because the nut, unlike the saddle, is glued (correct me if i'm wrong) to the neck and you can f**k off the finish if you're not doing it right. Although, it will lower the action too.
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#14
Yeah, that's what I meant about it being glued and being a pain in the ass... God, I feel like a nob right now...
#15
if u sand too much off like i did, get an old credit card or similar plastic card e.g phone card and slice a thin strip or two off it and place it underneath the saddle. I am saying this because it was murder for me trying to get the strings as close as possible without the strings touching the fret board
#16
Yes, the nut is glued in. Taking it out can be a pain, especially on guitars with binding on the neck. On guitars without binding though, it's actually not that difficult. The nut is glued against the end of the fretboard, not the bottom where it sits, so a sharp whack with a wooden block and it should pop off, usually without affecting the finish.

If you sand too much, yes you can shim it, but it's better to go get a new $5 saddle and do it over, the shim inhibits the ability of the guitar to vibrate properly and affects tone and sustain to a minor degree. Most music stores should have them, just get a good bone one, and avoid the cheap plastic saddles. Bone should be no more than $6 or $7. The last one I bought was $2, but that was 20 years ago. I'm going to get a new one for my Takamine before long, I need to redo it...the shop I deal with locally has them for $5.
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#17
Right on Pete. But folks, remember, these inexpensive bone saddles and nuts are derived from today's cow bone, and are a side product of the beef market. I would imagine a veggan having issues with buying one, so just a heads up there. And, the FWI(fossilized walrus ivory) or FMI(much rarer fossilized mammoth ivory) are quite a bit more expensive items. I've seen an FMI saddle go for as much as $100 on the net. However, the fossilized bone has different characteristics than simply dried cow bone has, and will provide for different tone and sustain as well. If you are into experimentation, then go with the el cheapos for sure. If you have a $5000 Martin and want to upgrade it(yea, like THAT'S possible) then the FMI might be your ticket.