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Filing grooves into saddles

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by SwitchGear, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Formerly "LAG"

    Mar 23, 2005
    I wish to file multiple grooves in my Fender 4 string bridge/saddles so I can locate each string between the magnets. The particular bridge in question now has one groove for each string. I would like to mimic the American Series/Standard or vintage threaded saddle bridge size grooves.

    I have done this before with a file I have at home, though it leaves a larger groove then I desire. Could anyone give me a triangular file style/size to match the small grooves found in the vintage threaded saddle and A.S. bridges?

  2. If you can't get a hold of one, diamond files will work. I have a cheap set of diamond files, which includes a thin file with tapered edges, triangular file, and thin round file that is tapered at the end and others. I use them to cut nut slots and bridge slots.
  3. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Formerly "LAG"

    Mar 23, 2005
    Thanks for the advice, I'll hunt down some diamond files. :ninja:
  4. Try Harbor Freight - www.harborfreight.com - or one of their brick and mortar stores around the country. I don't know if one is near you but they have sets of these for not so many $$