Fender string spacing at the bridge

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by jmal, May 19, 2012.

  1. jmal


    Apr 5, 2006
    Just got a new P and have a question about the bridge. Do you go for the straightest line coming over the saddles or do you use the slot that places the string where you want it over the fretboard? For example, if I have the E string spaced a bit wide, the angle of the string from the string through hole to the saddle is not straight. If I have that angle straight, then I lose a little width on the string spacing over the fret board. Which takes priority in your set-up or a proper set-up?
  2. For playability, accurate string spacing on the fretboard is best. For tone, having the string centered between the poles is best, hopefully on your bass everything is aligned properly. How it looks on the bridge should not be a factor.
  3. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Use the slots. If that doesn't work out, get replacement saddles which are threaded and which allow you to place the string wherever you want.
  4. jmal


    Apr 5, 2006
    That's the question: which slot? The American P bass bridge has 3 or 4 slots depending on the saddle. The question is do you set it up based on spacing or string alignment? Does a bend in the string leading to the saddle (coming from the hole in the body) have any ill effect or does it not matter?

  5. Use the slot which aligns the string, where you want it. The string tension will straighten out most previous bends if they are not severe.
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Exactly. Line the strings up over the pickup poles as best you can. Perfect alignment isn't necessary, but closer = better.
  7. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Doesn't really matter that much since the magnetic field is a contiguous strip at plane of the strings for a normal setup and not discrete pools. Check it with EMG mag field viewing tape held just under the strings to see for yourself.
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