How do you adjust your string spacing on a vintage Fender bridge?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by BusyFingers, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers Guest

    Nov 26, 2016
    Do you actually measure between strings to decide where to lay the string? Is there a particular way one should go about doing this?

    I'm curious because my vintage fender bridge has shown up and I may want to experiment with string spacings once I put it on.
     
  2. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    NEOhio
    I would just use my eyes, fingers (busy, or otherwise), fingerboard edges, and pickup poles as guides to string spacing.
     
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  3. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    What do you mean "adjust the string spacing?" If you have the threaded style saddles just move the strings around on the the threads until you get what you like. Otherwise with other types of Fender saddles you really have no way to adjust the string spacing unless you make a new nut and adjust the spacing there, but that will offer minimal difference.
     
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  4. I've found that with a correctly aligned neck, the string spacing always felt best pretty much smack in the middle of the saddles. They aren't really there for precision (measured) string spacing adjustments anyway, but more as a rough guide.
     
  5. Buzz E

    Buzz E Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    Are you talking about the saddles with the grooves ground into them?
     
  6. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers Guest

    Nov 26, 2016
    Yes, I've heard people suggest you can effectively shift the string spacing by placing them with intentionally on specific grooves in the saddles.
     
  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    NEOhio
    Yes, you can do that. Are you talking about the vintage saddles that are basically threaded rod, or the modern type with just a few grooves around the saddle. Not that it makes any difference, just curious which you have.
     
  8. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers Guest

    Nov 26, 2016
    This is the exact model I bought:
    Vintage Style Bass Bridge | Allparts.com
     
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  9. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers Guest

    Nov 26, 2016
    I dunno, I kind of think it should be more formal than that. Shouldn't I measure between each string?
     
  10. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    Just put it where you like it. or just line the strings up as best you can between the pole pieces. You're overthinking it. Just put on the bridge and play the bass!
     
  11. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers Guest

    Nov 26, 2016
    Yes, I don't want to stray too far from the optimal magnetic pull of the pickups. But... You know how people talk about the MM spacing between strings around here? Are they actually measuring between each string to determine where they want to put them? '

    You would think there would be a Youtube video on this, or something.
     
  12. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    Just adjust with the spacing which you feel comfort to pluck, pick or slap.
    I prefer standart 19mm on my both Squier CV p (fender vintage threatsaddle bridge )and Cort Arona ( Sandberg bridge with adjustable saddle slot ).
     
  13. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers Guest

    Nov 26, 2016
    But I'm trying to determine what the optimal string spacing for me is. I can't do that until I know how to set a particular string spacing.
     
  14. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    There's no YouTube video on it because you're overthinking it. You're wasting a ton of time worrying about it when you could be playing.
     
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  15. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers Guest

    Nov 26, 2016
    That's what I've always done, but I'm trying to get a bit more particular to see if I prefer it a certain way or not.
     
  16. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers Guest

    Nov 26, 2016
    I was wasting time on that other post? What about now? Am I wasting time still? Should I pick up my bass now? Can I post later if I play now? When can I post? Can I ever post without it eating into my playing time? :sorry:

    Wait, I will get my bass in my hand for the next post. :whistle:
     
  17. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    Well, if you spent less time asking the same question over and over and actually put that bridge on the bass and experimented with the spacing for yourself instead of repeatedly asking us what's "optimal" you might actually answer your own question! You mention that you get "a bit more particular" to "see if I prefer it a certain way or not". Well, the only way to determine if it's for you or not is to actually try it out. Asking what our opinion is on the subject won't give you the answer to what YOU like. Plus, it literally take a couple seconds to move those strings around on a bridge with threaded saddles.
     
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  18. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers Guest

    Nov 26, 2016
    Sorry for the snarkiness. It's just that I am compelled to quantify my optimal string spacing. You see, I've spent the last year figuring out all my optimal specs for a bass. I've determined the following, in quite an exacting manner:

    Nut - 1.5 inches
    neck shape - thin jazz
    fretboard radius - 7.25
    scale - 32 inches
    frets - vintage

    And so on... I have purchased all my parts in nickel, too, because I like patina so much I would call her 'Tina for short. I can't wait until she arrives someday when I pick up my bass and all the nickel has, well, patina'd.

    This is the very last spec I am attempting to determine. I simply must know for future purchases.
     
  19. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    The beauty of those saddles is that they have literally dozens of notches pre-cut, so you can put the strings wherever you like.
    On a bridge without notches cut, you need to determine where you're going to notch them & then once you do you're stuck with that string spacing.
    and even worse are the ones pre-notched with a single notch that allows for no adjustment.
     
  20. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers Guest

    Nov 26, 2016
    True, plus the review on that bridge is quite revealing. It may be that those old, cheap style bridges had a lot to do with the great tone of vintage instruments (badass bridgers be jammed).
     
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