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Filing a Saddle Burr.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Violen, Jan 24, 2005.


  1. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Banned

    Apr 19, 2004
    Kansas City Metro Area
    Endorsing Artist: Conklin Guitars (Basses)
    So i broke another one of those expensive Snakeskin strings that i love; (another 40 bucks on strings in 3 months. ouch)

    was checking out the saddle.

    Its pretty marred. not only is it a bur but its got string indentations at the "crown" of the saddle, where the string crosses.

    How do i file this down? I have the tools and my dad and i have a few ideas, but i need to take care of this bur.

    Needle files? What do i need?

    Cant afford to break more strings.


    Vio
     
  2. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Montréal
    a regular square file should do, as long as you can get the edge to fit in the spot you want.
    I've done it on one of my basses a few years ago, and i haven't had any problems with it since.

    good luck!
     
  3. I've always just used sand paper.
     
  4. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Banned

    Apr 19, 2004
    Kansas City Metro Area
    Endorsing Artist: Conklin Guitars (Basses)
    I dunno guys

    Ok the whole apex of the saddle is like ground, you can see the exact string contour in it.

    Should filing it still work? its gonna take a decent ammount of filing.