adjustable saddle for string bass

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by B String, Jul 10, 2002.

  1. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Please help me understand. What is
    an adjustable saddle for an upright?
    What does it do? Any pics? I've
    been told it softens the feel of the bass.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    I have only seen one such design. Generally, on older bass from the "gut string" era, a higher saddle is added to reduce tension on the top of the instrument. This in turn softens the feel of the instrument. It frees up the sound and the touch. An adjustable saddle would allow you to change the height of the saddle without removing it. If I remember correctly, I saw the design in an older issue of Double Bassist. I have never played a bass with one installed. Still, an interesting idea...
  3. Andrew_S.


    Jul 24, 2001
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Isn't this where you place a "block" under the tailpiece, changing the angle of the strings over the bridge?

    If not, then I'm also at a loss. :(