Block vs Bent Steel saddles?

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  1. lammie200

    lammie200 Senior Stratmaster

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    I have block Graphtech String Saver Classics on my Strat partscaster. I didn't want the ice pick attack and these tame it. Very happy with them.
     
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    Hate the look of block saddles and won’t own a Strat with them, same with Tele, won’t own one unless it’s vintage style 3 saddle.
     
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    I'm half way certain that i don't know...
    Have had both bent/blocks
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    Truly wondered
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    I'll do anything to avoid thinking about my musical progress...
     
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    for me I get more stability with the block saddles vs the bent saddles..except for the Highwood bent saddles.. Seems like the grub screws on the bent saddles has less to hold on to vs. the block saddles and Highwood saddles where the grub screw generally is encompassed in the saddle... vs verily threaded on some of the bent saddles.. looser and lower tolerances in the machining.. I like the look of both.. cant really hear a difference.. if I was going bent and had the cash it would be the Highwood designed saddle.. Wish Fender would do what they are doing on their bent saddles.
     
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  6. Mr_Lahey

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    My first electric has Fender-style bent saddles with really high screws, which were uncomfortable but I got used to it as an anchor point for palm muting, etc. My Strat also has bent steel, but the screws are at different lengths so that action on the high and low e-strings are lower. It makes for a feel that is familiar but more comfortable. When I've played a block saddle bridge I found it harder to find my spot for the heel of my hand, but I'm sure I'd get used to it if it was on a guitar I wanted.
     
  7. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    I bought a set of callaham bent saddles to put on my deluxe am strat. The high e saddle got a groove in it the I kept having to sand out. Now I have 5 bent steel and one block on that guitar.

    After trying bent steel and after all the discussion about tone this place went thru in the past years, I think I prefer block saddles for comfort. That said, I pretty much not have any discomfort with my bent saddles either. You adjust to what you have.
     
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    Bent steel for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd strings. Blocks for 4th, 5th, and 6th. That's with 10 - 46. With 9 -42 I like a block on the 3rd. Unless I'm using a Marshall.
     
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    Block all the way. Look much better to me and a lot more comfy to rest your hand on.

    On a Tele however, 3 saddle bridge over the 6 block.
     
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    Splain that again slowly…
     
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    I like the look of the block.
     
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    Bent ….
     
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    I wonder if that might be the reason Eric Johnson uses 5 bent and 1 block on the 1st.
     
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    I have a mix of each. Doesn't really bug me either way.
     
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    Block for me looks better and more important more comfortable, thats my preference
     
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    If you want to be able to tell if you can hear a difference, put one of each on a guitar, with the same string size and intonation and tuned to the same note.

    It's never been that important to me. IMO they both sound good.
     
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    I replaced the satin finish blocks on the American Standard bridge I bought for building my Partsocaster with polished blocks like those that come on the American Deluxe bridge. At the time I didn't think about buying the Deluxe one. I remembered too late. The standard blocks are harder to keep clean. They collect sweat and attract crud and eventually turn a little dark and then you have to go after them with soapy water and a toothbrush.
     
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  18. Green Craig

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    I put some block saddles on my Strat for a while. Any difference in sound was small. But, much like putting D'addario strings on one of my acoustics, block saddles made the Strat less fun to play so I didn't play it for a while.

    I put the stampies back on and restored its former glory.
     
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    Speaking of block saddles...

    Has anyone use the block saddles that come on the hardtail Tele Bridge to swap onto their Strat and replace the bent steel saddles or the 70s style block saddles? They have center-mounted adjustment screws is why I asked. Most block saddles like this always have off-center screws.

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  20. Ronkirn

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    No more need be said.... because if there is indeed a difference, that difference does not rise above the threshold of noticeability..

    r
     
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