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How to groove a badass bridge?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by SG-Jazz, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. SG-Jazz


    Dec 24, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I have one installed but not grooved, plays fine, how can i homemade groove? A drill possibly?
  2. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    Just a file will work fine.
  3. magickbass

    magickbass Guest

    May 24, 2008
    I have not tried it personally but a part time local luthier told me that you can leave them flat, especially if stringing the instrument with flatwound strings.
  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I usually use a triangle file and make just file enough of a scratch in the top of the saddle to keep the string from drifting around.

    If it becomes an issue later I'll take my nut files to the saddles and make grooves to half the depth of the string and canted down slightly towards the string anchor.
  5. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    I've done it two ways... a plain old Metal file, and with a Dremel Tool with a small bic pen shaped grinding bit.

    Personally I feel I got better results with the Dremel as I could easily control the width of the slot with the wider part of the Dremel bit. Probably best to start the slot with a file though to keep yourself from creeping.
  6. SG-Jazz


    Dec 24, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Thanks for the tips everyone will try

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