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Fender '63 AVRI P-Bass Intonation/Saddle issue

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by sblackburnmusic, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. sblackburnmusic


    Nov 1, 2012
    Hey guys,

    I'm having some intonation issues with my 63 AVRI which i just can't seem to suss out. It's strung with La Bella 760M flats.

    I attempted to straighten the neck a little as it was quite bowed and the intonation was way out of whack. I was able to adjust the string height and intonation on the upper 3 strings, however the E string just won't intonate properly, it's a little too sharp.

    I've wound the saddle pretty much all the way back to the bridge and now the string coil is sitting on the saddle itself (see pictures 1, 2, 3). I'm wondering if the string won't intonate properly because of this?

    I'm not sure if this could/would cause an issue however I've also noticed that the E string is wound way into the tuning pegs (see pictures 4, 5)

    If the string winding sitting on the saddle is the issue, would putting some kind of spacer between the ball of the string and the back of the bridge be possible? (see picture 6) Or would you recommend investing in a different set of strings? I assumed this gauge/scale would work on this bass seeing as it is the 'Jamerson' set.

    Thanks guys. Any advice would be much appreciated.


    1. http://i.imgur.com/LGogq34.jpg
    2. http://i.imgur.com/TWfV6ZD.jpg
    3. http://i.imgur.com/nJnKZEq.jpg
    4. http://i.imgur.com/HXn0yFs.jpg
    5. http://i.imgur.com/BbcovO4.jpg
    6. http://i.imgur.com/oDDN9cK.jpg
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Set your witness points. It appears as if the reinforcing wraps are passing over the bridge saddle which will make it all that more difficult.

  3. nemo


    Mar 19, 2004
    It means pressing the strings onto the saddles (on front and behind the saddle simultaneously) so they form an angle over the saddle, not an arch. Do the same against the nut. Sometimes when new strings go over the saddle with a smooth arch, it sounds weird. Until they settle naturally or until you speed it up by pressing them onto the saddle to create a witness point.

    Also, if the strings sound "chorusy" and out of tune on higher frets, you might want to decrease the pickup height. It is possible that pickup poles are too close to strings and pull the strings down thus causing the weird sound.

    If all of this fail, you can put on the string some screw nut(s) of suitable size as a spacer to make the string sit on the saddle further. It can't hurt anything.