Fender 78 P Bass slotted saddle screws

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by 75fjbass, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. 75fjbass


    Jun 20, 2019
    Can anyone suggest a good screwdriver for adjusting the slotted screws for my Fender 78 P bass saddles? They are kind if corroded so I want something with a tight fit not to strip them.
  2. If you really want a precise fit you might have to go with something like this: Guitar Tech Screwdriver Set | stewmac.com and even at that, I couldn’t guarantee the bit you want is in there. Personally, I would find the closest flathead that’s slightly bigger in my toolbox or at Home Depot then take the bench grinder to it until it was where I wanted it then go back to HD and get stainless height adjusting screws with Allen heads instead of slot heads.

    If you have the bridge off or can keep the body from getting soaked with oil, running some Kroil or 3in1 oil down around the threads and letting it soak in a while before you try and remove them should help a lot with corroded screws.
  3. guts


    Aug 13, 2018
    If you have the screw in front of you you can measure it or make a rubbing of it with a pencil. Then you just go to the hardware store and choose the correct size.

    If the screw is in your possession, you are the best person to answer this question.
  4. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
  5. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
  6. 75fjbass


    Jun 20, 2019
    Thanks for the replies. Working in some oil with a Q-tip has proved successful for all but the 2 screws for the G-string saddle. I have a small screwdriver, it's just not an exact fit and it's not easy to find these slotted screws if they're stripped. I'll just have to keep looking for the right screwdriver. If I have to, I'm going to remove the saddle and use a needle nose pliers to loosen the screws from the back.
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