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Saddle help needed pretty bad and 1 other question

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Broke, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. Broke


    Sep 9, 2015
    I have a stripped (what I call) socket set thread in one of my saddles. I can back it out I'm pretty sure with channel locks or vice grips. But where can I get a replacement for this? I have been to 2 hardware stores and they have them but not nearly long enough to be able to set the saddle height on my bass. Ernie Ball Stingray 2005 model.

    I was playing last night and all of the sudden the D string just went dud on me especially on the 2nd and 3rd fret (E and F notes). It sounded ok going toward the body but those frets just THUD. I have been playing 4 years and this has never happened to me. I'm trying to figure out if neck, string, saddle, etc. are wrong. I had this professionally set up 5 months ago. And it's just that 1 string.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2020
  2. Huw Phillips

    Huw Phillips Life is like TV if the channel sucks change it Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2019
    I think what your looking for is called a grub screw, I am English so it may be a different word in US English, look on the bridge for a manufacturer’s name and hit the web or try in a music store
  3. Slidlow

    Slidlow Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oshawa, Canada
    referred to as a "set" screw in North America
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  4. Broke


    Sep 9, 2015

    Yes, definitely a set screw. I can't find one long enough. Going to call Ernie Ball I guess.
  5. Slidlow

    Slidlow Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oshawa, Canada
    Check out McMaster Carr website. They should have both Imperial and Metric in most any length.
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  6. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    I second the suggestion of Mc Master Card. For the sound issue I would try a new string.
  7. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra. Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    And maybe get into the habit of kinking the string just in front of where you snip it to size. I don't do this, but maybe I should. I saw Scott Devine do this in a youtube video. Said it prevented the "dead" string phenomenon.
  8. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    They don’t have the grub screws needed for a Fender pure vintage bridge. I had to go elsewhere to get 6-32 x 7/16 hex head grub screws.
  9. dwizum


    Dec 21, 2018
    Are you sure they don't have it? Look at part 92311A147, a cup point stainless set screw in 6-32 z 7/16.

    Disclaimer: I've never used this part, I was just so surprised that there would be a threaded part they didn't have so I went looking in their catalog.
  10. Lizooki


    Feb 24, 2008
    Once you get it out take it to an automotive fastener store in your area.
    Odds are they can match it.
    Actually , best bet is to take a good one so they can also match the head type.

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