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Notching bridge saddles

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Lifewithoutpain, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. Lifewithoutpain


    Sep 19, 2003
    I hope someone out there can help me. I’ve got a new Badass bass bridge for my Fender Jazz Fretless and would like to install it myself. The only thing I’m unclear on is how to notch the saddles. Any helpful tips (or a complete rundown) would be appreciated.

  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    I would do that with slotting files. Most luthier-types have files that are matched to string gauges. Most other folks do not, which is why I'm puzzled that Leo Quan would make such a bridge.

    One way or another, you're going to have to file slots. I recommend getting a file with a fine edge, preferably rounded, and .040" or less (so you can do the G string straight up). For the wider strings, you'll have to widen the slots by pushing slightly side-to-side as you make the notch, until the string sits snugly in the slot.