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saddle adjustment vs pup post spacing

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Karl Kaminski, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. Karl Kaminski

    Karl Kaminski Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    How critical is it for the strings to be centered between the pup-posts?
    My Fender lines up nice over the E–A but the D–G are progressively off center. (Everything is aligned/setup properly)

    BTW, I've experimented with different bridges...

    Original–off centered, but saddles can be tilted to compensate D and G
    Gotoh201–off centered, no tilt ability
    BAII–off centered but they can be filed to suit needs

    I guess, I find it curious that the string space is standardized but the pup-posts are off. :confused:
  2. Looks like everything is off center - what kind of bass? Is it possible the bridge is mounted off center? I have used Gotoh, Baddass and stock, with a lot of different pickups, and have never noticed this problem.

    Also, why can't you tilt the Gotoh? I have 201s and they have two saddle screws so they can be tilted.
  3. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
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    How critical is it for the strings to be centered between the pup-posts?

    As long as the width of the 2 outside pole/magnets is wider than the width of the 2 outside strings then everything should work fine.

    I sometimes use 8 pole jazz pickups on a 5 string bass and they work just as good as 5 or 10 pole pickups.

    The lining up of the string perfectly is more of a visual thing than a sound thing.

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