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etta

 

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shimming the saddle 

If good wood and fit are used, does a shim under the saddle bone compromise the sound qualities of a good guitar? Thanks, jack
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Stephen Eden

 

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RE: shimming the saddle (in reply to etta

I can't say I've noticed any difference. Try it out, if you think it changes the sound then make a new bone saddle. If not don't worry.

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Anders Eliasson

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RE: shimming the saddle (in reply to etta

Its not considered correct, but it works. Be aware of how deep the saddle slot is

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Sean

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RE: shimming the saddle (in reply to etta

It shouldn't with a good fit and sufficient break angle providing good downforce. I would make the shim a hair narrower then the saddle, like simulating bevelling the sharp corners off the bottom of a saddle would be like. Compare the shim with the saddle first before dropping it in the bridge because if your shim is a tighter fit it may prevent everything from seating fully to the bottom of the bridge slot.

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krichards

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RE: shimming the saddle (in reply to etta

Seems to make no difference surprisingly.
I use offcuts of golpeador material. Just stick your saddle onto the sticky side and trim with a sharp knife.

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RE: shimming the saddle (in reply to krichards

Some years ago I had a friend who bought a used classical guitar and all seemed well until he changed the strings, when he removed the saddle (it was loose and pretty much fell out after the strings were off) and a matchstick was underneath acting as a shim.

BTW krichards, I live in Canada but have happy memories of Northallerton, especially the Betty's Tearoom there, Sunday brunches used to be a real (and expensive!) treat.
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RE: shimming the saddle (in reply to etta

Given that the bridge is made of wood...why should it matter? I have used wood veneer shims sucessfully many, many times (and never unsuccessfully). However, some people are using bone shims now.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 31 2012 11:28:39
 
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RE: shimming the saddle (in reply to Turner

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happy memories of Northallerton, especially the Betty's Tearoom there,


Well it doesn't get anymore exciting than that here in Northallerton.

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