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  1. #1

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Dayton, Ohio
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    Bridge digging hole in my hand

    The low e saddle height screws dug a hole in my hand while recording the Holy Wars clip. I cleaned some of the skin off but the blood is there on the string, saddle, saddle spring.... Kinda cool.... But kinda sucks.

    I was looking at and it seems most strat saddles have these bolts. Am I screwed? I need flush mount or recessed screw heads.... In other words - meaty blocks with deep slots. I guess I could trim these bolts down so that they aren't so long......
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    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Black Swamp, OH
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    I have a similar problem on a tele-copy. I put orange duct tape across the bridge, carefully, so it doesn't touch the strings. Works great, looks like ass

    I, too, would love to get some shorter set screws.

  3. #3

    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    I suppose it's all about knowing the thread, then just ordering the right length?

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Just hit the fuckers with a Dremel, the way AVH did on that Roter ages ago.

  5. #5

    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    I would suggest a small shim in the pocket. This way all the saddles just raise a little bit

  6. #6

    Join Date: Nov 2014
    Location: Norman, OK
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    This is going to sound stupid and please take it as a newbie suggestion. However, at Ace Hardware and other sorts of places, they sell a liquid rubber compound that you can dip the handles of your pliers and stuff in. It creates a thick, fairly durable rubber coating. I don't see why you couldn't just take a paint brush and daub some of that on the offending bolt.

    It would fill the hex hole and cover the metal and you can just peel it back when you need to adjust things and reapply it after.
    All I can ask is that I suck a little less each time I pick up my guitar...

  7. #7

    Join Date: Jun 2014
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    I fucking hate Strat and Tele style bridges for this exact reason. Yet I own several Teles. Like Chris said, take a dremel and grind the bottoms down. Shorten the screw enough that it sits inside the saddle when you have it raised to a comfortable level. There are places that sell short screws but I assume you want to be a man and do the work yourself.

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    Join Date: Sep 2013
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    take a saddle to your closest well stocked hardware store and try some different screws until you find one that fits.
    if its american its probably 6/32 or 8/32. once you've found the rite thread look for some shorter ones online with the same thread.
    they're often referred to as grub screws i believe.
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