How Do I Adjust The String Spacing On A Hipshot A Bridge?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Bryan R. Tyler, Feb 4, 2006.


  1. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I've never tried doing it before, and there's no instructions on the Hipshot site. Could someone let me know? Thanks.
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    There are 3 screws on top of the saddle, 2 for string height adjustment and one that tightens the spacing adjustment. Loosen that screw with a (I think) a 1/16 allen key. If the strings are on the bass, you can move the string (close to the saddle) to where you want it and then tighten the screw.
     
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  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Thanks a lot, Nino- I'll try that now :)
     
  4. Hi Nino, thanks for the info. I did try that and when I want to retitghten the screw, the saddle goes to its initial place. Do you have any tips?

    Thanks
     
  5. It's just a set screw, not an adjustment screw. While you have the moveable part of the saddle where you want it, tighten down the set screw to hold the new string spacing in place.
     
  6. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Yeah, it kinda develops a "memory spot". The set screw grabs the saddle like a worm gear and will drive it back into its near-original position. Here's a couple of tricks:

    *Slide the saddle past its intended target position, then re-tighten.

    *Adjust with the string in place and tuned to pitch. Grab the string at the saddle level to stabilize while re-tightening. This sometimes works. The aforementioned "overshoot" technique is better.

    Riis
     
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  7. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    chicago
    the "memory spot" issue is happening to me on my roscoe. ill try these tips and report back.
    thx btw
     
  8. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    You can also rotate the barrel saddle or flip it 180 deg to move the memory spot. Good luck with the project.

    Riis
     
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  9. zortation

    zortation

    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    First line up the string where you want it by using the set screw, then tune up the string to pitch, then go back to the set screw and turn it back, then measure the edge gap and re-adjust again, then do the G string and find out you re-adjusted the E too far, then go back and forth from the E and G until the edge distance matches up, but also remember to measure the entire distance from E to G and divide by three, then do the inner strings to this new measurement (don't forget to tune strings to pitch!). Total time spent should be no more than 7 1/2 hours.

    Repeat this process when changing strings.
     
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  10. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    chicago
    awesome info guys! thank you