The easiest way to do this is with a String Action Gauge—a handy tool available from Using your fingers to provide continuous pressure, rub the blank back and forth on the sandpaper to flatten it evenly. 2). Ascertaining this, I measured the saddle slot for length and width, and found a bone blank that was somewhat close in size. #martin #neck, Aaron’s band @themolghosts are going into the st, Hard to hate black on black. I really like the science, math, and theory behind guitar work. #yamaha #guitarporn #, Ben gettin’ after this neck reset. Crafting the saddle. First Look: Hughes & Kettner Spirit Nano Series. Since making a bone saddle involves making a lot of dust, I wear a dust mask throughout the process. You determine this by measuring the action at the 12th fret with the original saddle installed. In this case, the low E, A, and B strings were sharp and the G and D strings were flat. Hooked: Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)", 4. Once the blank is fairly flat, start trying to fit it into the notch in the guitar. This 1937 Martin 000-18 has an open-slot saddle. To learn more about John’s repair and restoration workshops for players, technicians, and retail employees, visit A guitar saddle is a thin strip of bone, ivory or plastic that is positioned just in front of the bridge pins on acoustic guitars. Your guitar is out of tune. First I measure the fretboard’s radius using a radius gauge. Once I knew how much taller the new saddle would need to be, I turned to the string nut. This article is about making a saddle out of bone, considered by guitar maker Frank Ford to be the best material for getting a rich tone. I feel that it’s important to understand what’s happening with a guitar on a fundamental level, and this helps me analyze and fix complex problems. (The largest gap typically occurs somewhere between the 7th and 10th frets.) Lastly, I install the saddle, string it up, and make careful measurements to set the guitar’s action. This 000-18 had .010" of relief, which is acceptable, but not ideal. Clamp the blank in place and cut it using the hacksaw to approximately the same length and height you want, leaving a little margin for sanding and shaping. So: if the action at the 12th fret is 3mm, and I want it to be 2mm, the difference is 1mm, which means that I remove 2mm from the saddle. Fig. PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo: The PG Review, 3. I find that this gives the impression of a lower, more comfortable action, where the player isn’t having to reach over the middle strings to reach the bass strings. Tone, in particular, can vary depending on the material used to make the saddle. I rough in the curves on the saddle’s ends using the above method, and then put a perfect round on it using a fret file loaded in to a vice. #jo, Aaron just modified a stock ‘52 reissue Tele bri, Subtlety: it’s what guitar players are known for, A bass player’s worst nightmare... #8string #fan, “You still don't understand what you're dealing, Aaron buffs out a crack repair on a properly road, Have a circuit board in your guitar and kinda wish, Ben gettin’ his grind on! I attach sandpaper to a perfectly flat metal block, and sand away just enough material to get it to fit into the bridge slot perfectly. An action of 4/64" on the treble, and 5/64" on the bass side is ideal. I also am slowly learning to speak German. 2015. 1). Your Pedalboards 2020: Part Deux, 1. If the saddle’s bottom isn’t perfectly flat, it won’t be making complete contact with the bottom of the slot or with the pickup, and can cause tonal loss or dead strings if a pickup is used. I mark my measurements to the bone blank, and rough it in to get it close to the right size on the bandsaw and belt sander. By contrast, the ends of an open-slot saddle are exposed and tapered to match the contour of the bridge itself (Fig. Notice how the saddle’s ends are exposed,rather than enclosed in a routed slot. /* Add your own Mailchimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. From this point on, things get tedious: a bone saddle should fit easily into the slot, but shouldn’t be so loose that it will fall out. #1921 #gibson #L, Benjamin has written an article on one of his favo, Aaron getting his grind on. The next step is to shape the top of the saddle. This offsets the strings in such a way that will help them play more in tune with themselves up and down the neck (inasmuch any guitar could be considered “in tune”). Make sense? Gathering this baseline information will give you a sense of what the project will entail—what’s working and what needs fixing. #fretwork #refret #get, If you’ve got an arch top bridge and want to mak, Hey everyone, we’re back in action! Clamp the sandpaper to a steady surface and place the saddle on it. Using a variety of files, I carve the saddle to a sort of Z pattern. The final step of the evaluation is to check intonation with a strobe tuner. 1. However, there are some jobs that require more art than science, and making a bone saddle is one of those jobs where I have to trade in my lab coat for an artist’s smock.