Is this unusual saddle height? (shim required?)

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by mouthmw, Oct 24, 2017.

  1. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I have my jazz setup nicely, about 2 mm on the 12th fret on E, maybe slightly less with the G string, but I had to really lower the saddle for the G string compared to E, A and D.

    It looks like this:


    Is this unusual setup?
    My other basses (Fender P and Music Man SUB) don't have that big of a difference with the G saddle. SUB was actually shimmed by a local luthier (so I could raise the saddles), P was perfect from the get go.

    It's not a huge issue but I am used to having a bit more room for popping the G string when slapping and popping. I don't need a whole lot more room, but a bit more would be nice.

    I don't see a bow in my neck for that to cause an issue, perhaps it's the neck pocket?
    What do you guys suggest?
    Leave it alone? Shim the neck a bit?
  2. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    No. It's not unusual, or in need of a shim. The G string saddle is usually lowered more than the others due to the radius of the fret board, and the fact that it's a thinner string. If you still have room underneath each saddle for adjustment, you're good to go. I only throw a shim in if the saddles bottom out.
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  3. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Yes you're right, that's exactly what I was thinking now. This jazz has 7.25" radius (Flea sig), my P has 9.5" and SUB has 11". Haven't had a vintage radius in quite a while lol.
  4. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Nothing wrong there. Nothing wrong with adding a shim if you want more string to body clearance for popping though.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2017
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  5. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I shimmed the neck today with a thin business card at the heel (found a quality one that felt like it wasn't going to compress further), just a slight shim was all that was needed. The saddles and pups are raised a bit and it's IMO a definite improvement and more comfortable to play (the G string has better action too now). :)
    Nothing wrong with shimming now and then, especially when you do your setups and get a bit OCD about it. It's perfect now, just the way I like it.
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