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New saddle...or bridge?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Brendan, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I just broke another string tonight (my E)...it ticked me off, because the strings were only about a month old. So, this being the fourth e-string I've broke, with no breakeage of any other strings, it finnally occured to me to look at the saddle. Duh... sure enough, on the E saddle, there's a couple of grooves that look to be the culprit.

    Anyone have any experience saddle shopping? I'd get a bridge, but the finish and materials my bass have don't seem to conducive to drilling any holes, so I'm leary about getting a new bridge, meanwhile a new saddle is more than likely gonna be compatible. Anyone know where I could get a hold of a single saddle?

    OTOH, a new bridge might be just what the Doc ordered. A nice Hipshot or would make my bass feel much better. :) It's an Ibanez GSR200, if that helps, and seems to have a stock fender type bridge, with the four holes set at the four corners of the bridge. This a standard thing, or would I have to get exact measurements?

  2. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I coulda' swore WD or Stew-Mac sold individual saddles, d*mmit :p.

    I think the "stock" Fender style is 5-in-line mounting holes...


    Though 4-in-the-corner is common too...


    The second one there is for 2¼" string spacing and
    is $14 at dguitarparts :) .
  3. lesfleanut

    lesfleanut Guest

    Sep 25, 2001
    Syracuse N.Y.
    hey, if you got the extra cash get the new bridge, it will make your bass feel a thousand times better then that crappy fender knock-off you got now. but if you dont got the cash just get a cheap saddle for now. i likle the hipshot style "A" bridge, it rocks.;)

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