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Vintage bridge saddle screws

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Fendrix, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. Fendrix

    Fendrix Strat-Talk Member

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    416850C5-E81A-41FD-8DE1-747A62EC26CD.jpeg 6531A9BA-1667-44EC-A611-E58F40C5C7C7.jpeg AD1A635D-F719-4982-A633-7B1C299E25F7.jpeg the screws in my vintage 6 point tremolo bridge are popping out way to much. The action is set to fender standard 1.6mm on both sides. The neck of my American Special Strat already came from the factory with a wooden shim in the neck pocket.

    It is quite uncomfortable to randomly hit those sharp screws with my hand.

    Do you guys think they are popping out too much or is this normal?
     

  2. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 30, 2014
    usa
    The bridge looks a tad high off the body.
    You could try lowering the whole bridge, then you would have to make the saddles a bit higher.
     
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  3. brians

    brians Strat-O-Master

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    Mine are pretty much the same, there was a thread about how to try and avoid this, but I don't really touch them much and I don't want to file or shorten them.
    I think if one used those specs for string height, they going to look like that.
     
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  4. Fendrix

    Fendrix Strat-Talk Member

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    Sorry, maybe the images were not very illustrative. Actually the bridge is already flush to the body
     

  5. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 30, 2014
    usa
    Yep the other pics made the bridge look high.
    Disregard last post.:)

    You could buy some saddles height screws that are not as long.
     
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  6. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Senior Stratmaster

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    you're speaking of the set screws that adjust the saddle height" If so.. take one to any of the large Hardware stores... No telling what 'y'all call 'em since we speak completely different languages... :p

    But they are inexpensive and you can purchase them in shorter lengths... or take a Dremel and grind the ends shorter... buying 'em is easier though.

    Ron Kirn
     
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  7. Rocket man

    Rocket man Strat-Talk Member

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    Fender sell different length screws. I have changed a few for friends he kept cutting his hand. Easy swap
     
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  8. Fendrix

    Fendrix Strat-Talk Member

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    haha thanks man I’ll try and see if I can find them somewhere
     
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  9. Fendrix

    Fendrix Strat-Talk Member

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    Oh that’s great! I will see if I can find them. Thanks
     

  10. Kosh

    Kosh Strat-Talker

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    Jan 11, 2016
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    I picked up mine at a company called Fastenal. Got them in stainless.
     

  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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  12. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It's much better to simply buy screws of the correct length. Since you need screws of differing length anyway to match the curve of the board, you might as well buy more & change as many as need changing. I leave shimming the neck as a tool for getting the neck angle spot-on. Using this to make up for bridge height screws of the wrong length is a real bodge.
     

  13. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Agreed. I think shimming the neck should be a last resort.
     

  14. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Fa-ra-ra-ra-raaa, ra ra ra raa! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    ACE Hardware in the US is where I go to replace errant hardware.....
     

  15. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I bought a number of screws a couple of years ago in both metric (for Tokais) & imperial (for AVRIs) from a UK company with the magnificent name of Stig Fasteners! That's solved my problems of sticky-out bridge screws catching the heel of my right hand, & it didn't cost me much. Well worth doing.
     

  16. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Meh, it's been done forever because with the saddles that low the neck angle is wrong.
     

  17. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    How can you say that when you don't know how low the saddles are? Or what the neck angle is?

    Shims are used to adjust the neck angle. Different length screws are used to adjust saddle height. That's why they come in different lengths......
     

  18. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I looked at the pictures he posted. :rolleyes:


    grandma, eggs, suck. :whistling:
     
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  19. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Now be fair! I did NOT say that you suck. And I don't often call you Grandma......
     
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  20. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    By the way, what is the correct neck angle for a Strat, and who first shimmed the neck in one? :sneaky: