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Missing saddle intonation screw and i didnt notice

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by magyk8ball, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Thought id shar this, as its somewhat funny.
    Was doing some routine maintenence this morning, and noticed my p bass didnt have The intonation saddle screw. I think its been without the screw for months now. No idea how it didnt go completely out of intonation.
    Think its a sign i need to think about selling some stuff. Maybe not this bass. But some other stuff for sure.
    Whats everyone else think?
  2. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Funny thing is, this basically happened to me too about two weeks ago, also on a P bass. Luckily, my ashtrays held the screw and the spring in place. I only noticed when I looked more closely. Interestingly enough though, the intonation was still spot on.

    I have absolutely no idea what caused this.
  3. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Vibration. An electric bass is a big 'ol vibrating machine, constantly trying to shake itself apart. Screws can and will work their way out and fall off.
    Warhawk, JLS, 96tbird and 1 other person like this.
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Many times those saddles stay put, provided there's a witness point in the string to help it stay located.
  5. briandavismurph


    Jul 1, 2013
    been using the clear nail polish on my P Bass bridge screws, works like a charm
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