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Strings cutting into bridge saddles? Is this Normal?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by DeadbeatLine, Jan 31, 2019.


  1. DeadbeatLine

    DeadbeatLine

    Nov 13, 2013
    Hey all,

    On my Fender Blacktop Jazz I've noticed that my strings at the bridge all seem to be cutting little string winding grooves into my saddles, is this normal? It was happening on the original stock Blacktop high-mass bridge that came on this bass and after four or so years of use started to cause string snappings at the bridge. However, within the last two months I have replaced the stock bridge with a babicz full contact bridge and played roughly 11-13 shows since and when restringing I am already noticing the grooves appearing again. I haven't had any string breakages so far with this bridge, but I am restringing more frequently than before (every three shows or so - I like fresh strings) out of paranoia of a breakage. I'm definitely a reasonably heavy handed player but nothing totally ridiculous, and for the record, I use roundwound nickel strings.

    Any help? Is this normal and I shouldn't worry about this? I'll try and attach some pics to show what I mean but apologies if these aren't very clear.

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  2. DeadbeatLine

    DeadbeatLine

    Nov 13, 2013
    Not quite sure how I did it, but it seems I've created two identical threads, could a mod delete this one please?
     
  3. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Yes. It happens. When a bur develops, strings will start to break .
    Very common on guitars. Occasionally you must lightly file the saddles to remove the burr.
     
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