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Post subject: Mexican stratocaster bridge saddle looks funky. Any suggesti
Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:42 pm
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As seen in the two images above, the Low E-string bridge saddle is angled slightly to the right. I have no idea why it is doing this and I have found that string is going out of tune VERY easily. Any help would be appreciated.


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Post subject: Re: Mexican stratocaster bridge saddle looks funky. Any sugg
Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:46 pm
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So; are the Alan Wrench driven set screws on that saddle and/or the saddle itself, stripped and the saddle keeps slipping down the adjusting screws with vibration?
Three things: slightly larger diameter adjusting screws, some lock tight on existing screws, or a whole new saddle all together. The method you use depends on the severity of the issue.


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Post subject: Re: Mexican stratocaster bridge saddle looks funky. Any sugg
Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:14 pm
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Ya, that saddle is not adjusted properly, but if the screw is stripped, then that will cause it to go out of tune as the saddle slips down the threads.
I don't think you are going to find a "slightly larger" screw. If it is actually slipping, then either the screw or the saddle is stripped. Those screws are only 4-40. Next size up is 6-32 and that won't fit the saddle.
As a test, swap that "top" screw on the low E for the bottom screw on the high E. If the problem moves to the high E, then the screw needs to be replaced. If the problem remains on the low E, then the saddle is likely stripped and needs to be replaced.

It is not uncommon for people to attempt to adjust the saddles when the strings are under tension. The Strat has a hard break angle at the back of the saddle and you have about 20 pounds of tension there. That's fine static, and you can adjust the saddles down, but attempting to raise the saddles under tension can strip out the screws or saddles.

Step 1:
Loosen the low-E and adjust that screw so the saddle sits level
Observe and see if the saddle moves on its own.

If that fails, then Step 2 is to move the screw to the other side of the bridge (or saddle) and see if the problem follows the screw or remains at the same place.

Fender sells replacement screws for a reasonable price.
https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts/bri ... 28000.html

The saddles are only sold in a full set for $40:
https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts/bri ... 51000.html
Or you can get a complete hardtail bridge for MiM and swap the needed parts over:
https://shop.fender.com/en-US/parts/bri ... 68000.html

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Post subject: Re: Mexican stratocaster bridge saddle looks funky. Any sugg
Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:28 am
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It is not uncommon for threads to get stripped. I'd put money on it being the saddle not the screw.

On the plus side, a new set of saddles should come with the correct size shorter screws to the outside saddles.

When buying saddles note that there are different sizes - Fender does this just to annoy us.

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