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Bass bridge - is this going to be an intonation problem?

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Bass bridge - is this going to be an intonation problem?

Postby Steve Sawyer » Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:30 am

I picked up this bridge from GFS as I have a short-scale bass in the build queue in my head...

After receiving the bridge, I discovered that unlike most bridges I've seen and worked with, the saddle adjustment for intonation isn't a screw-adjustment. The saddles simply slide in a slot and are locked with a set-screw. Because the strings when tuned to pitch block access to this set-screw, I'll have to loosen the strings, position the saddle to the pre-determined correct position, then lock it. According to the folks at GFS, this type of bridge has been seen on Ibanez and Warwick basses, but I've been unable to discover any published tricks as to how this can be accomplished with a fair degree of accuracy.

My thinking is to mark the position of the front edge of the saddle when the intonation is correct using a piece of painter's tape, which should allow me to get the saddle back into the right position after loosening the string.

Anyone have any better ideas?

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Re: Bass bridge - is this going to be an intonation problem?

Postby David King » Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:15 pm

Marking the correct location with tape has worked for me. I use a similar intonation system with my bridges with no complaints. You may find that you still can access the locking set screws with the strings on and at tension. Using a ball-end allen key driver makes this a lot easier.
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Re: Bass bridge - is this going to be an intonation problem?

Postby Steve Sawyer » Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:36 pm

Thanks, David. This seems like a nice, solid bridge. Good thought about the ball-end allen key. I don't have one that small, but that can be remedied...
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Re: Bass bridge - is this going to be an intonation problem?

Postby Dan Smith » Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:16 pm

It was probably cheap enough to live with an occasional adjustment.
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Re: Bass bridge - is this going to be an intonation problem?

Postby Steve Sawyer » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:19 pm

Dan Smith wrote:It was probably cheap enough to live with an occasional adjustment.


Oh, it was - about $20 - and I'm not concerned about it keeping its adjustment, just getting it adjusted in the first place looked like it might be a little frustrating.
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