Do Graph Tech Saddles Fit Am. Standard?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by dannnnn, Feb 6, 2013.


  1. dannnnn

    dannnnn Supporting Member

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    I don't like the saddles that come with the Fender American Standard (2007) Jazz bass I have. I didn't like the ones on the Am. Deluxe I used to have, either. The E string always sounds a little weird to me and I'm not interested in using a taper wound E string. A Hipshot (or comparable) bridge will cost more than I want to spend. I was thinking about just replacing the saddles with Graph Tech or something else. Do the adjustment screw/saddle thread sizes vary? If so, does anyone know what will fit?

    Thanks! :bassist:
     
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  3. dannnnn

    dannnnn Supporting Member

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    I think I prefer the large groove, but I might consider those.
     
  4. dannnnn

    dannnnn Supporting Member

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    The photo of the Graph Tech saddles makes it look like they all have the screws on the same side. If necessary, can those be reversed?
     
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  6. 1bassleft

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    I fitted Graphtech (piezo) saddles to a Jazz bridge with no problems. In fact, I used a Gotoh plate while I was at it because I don't like the bent piece of tin that passes for standard.

    Graphtech do a range, so it's just a case of making sure you order the correct set. Should be issue-free and I like them, although I was primarily after the piezo capability.
     
  7. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    i doubt the saddle has anything to do with that.

    trouble with the graph-tech (like any other single, centered-groove saddle) is that the string spacing ends up not lining up right between jazz pickup magnet pairs like it should.
     
  8. dannnnn

    dannnnn Supporting Member

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  9. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    pickup height, overall setup, a too-twisted up string (important, and often overlooked), amp and cab EQ, etc.

    as long as the bridge and saddles are a good solid design (and the newer fender american bass ones very much are), it won't be hurting the tone.
     
  10. dannnnn

    dannnnn Supporting Member

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    I did change the way I restring thanks to Talkbass. I used to get a chorus effect from twisted strings. I may buy some pickup foam because the adjustment seems to have lost some spring. The pickup won't go up high enough.
     

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