After going on a year of trying to get the action for my bass to where it needs to be, I'm running out of reasonable options, and need some advice. It's a mid-80's Tokai Jazz Bass copy (well, more of a Moon Jazz copy), ash body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, with a Badass copy for the bridge. Didn't pay much for it, as it had been in the tsunami, and all the salt water ruined the pots and corroded the hardware. Upon rewiring, the lower notes sound great, and the pickups have proven to be killer. It's just that after a year of fiddling with different shims, from stacked layers of card stock to custom-cut Honduran mahogany, I'm stuck with an instrument which, when set with little to no relief, and shimmed, still has strings soaring above the frets at the back of the neck. Last week, when considering other options for getting the thing in order, I realized something pretty important: the bass, being more or less a Jazz Bass, had been equipped with a very nice, very accurate copy of a Badass Bridge... ...but they had copied an original Badass, not a Badass II. The bass has the same problems that any real Jazz Bass would have with an original Badass installed: impossibly high action, despite all sorts of shimming. So, I began thinking of what I could do. The amount of 'meat' underneath the grooves for the saddles meant that remachining the bridge wouldn't provide much help, and routing a slot for the bridge into the body would cut into the battery slot. As far as I can tell, that leaves me with three options: 1.) filing down the saddles super-deep to get the proper action; 2.) installing a large full-pocket hardwood shim to bring the frets at the end of the neck to where they need to be, requiring longer neck screws; or 3.) drill holes for/install a new bridge, which is sort of unappealing because I can't just buy a regular Jazz Bass bridge, because it's only ever had a three-screw Badass on it, and then I'm stuck with this Badass copy that I can't use, and no one wants. Also, there's a good chance that a replacement bridge might cost almost as much as I paid for the damned thing to begin with. So, what do you think: is there any reason why filing the saddles down is a 'bad' idea outright? I'm not ruining a real Badass, and all this back and forth with shimming is driving me nuts. Looking online, I can't find anywhere that sells longer neck screws, even if I did put in a huge (I'm guessing 3/16") full-pocket shim. With a 1/16" mahogany shim installed, saddles on the deck, and relief at nil, the action is still 1/4" at the 20th fret. Any thoughts?