New bridge saddles

Discussion in 'Squier Stratocasters' started by Dr Carrot, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Dr Carrot

    Dr Carrot Squier Talker

    Oct 31, 2018
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hi everyone. I'm new here. I'm also fairly new to strats (altho, since recently have 3 Strat Squires and a Tele CV). Little help please. I've got a question about filing saddles.
    I used to have the Chinese-stock-standard ones that I decided to replace with Fender-looking ones. Just got them today to find out that there's no notch on them! So, I diligently trawled the web to see what I am missing here. It seems like many strats have saddles with NO grooves/ notches. Is that right? How do you bend without having the string slide? I have a LP, with roller saddles that are too big for the strings, and they slide inside that thing like there's no tomorrow.
    Should I be filing groves in these saddles? Should I just leave them as is?
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  2. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    Welcome to Squier Talk ! I think over time they develop a groove - but a new set of fender bent steel saddles do not have a groove ?

    Your not going to bend past a set screw ?
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  3. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
  4. wildelectric

    wildelectric Squier-Meister

    Sep 23, 2016
    Moline, IL
    I agree with @fattboyzz - install them, play as your normally would, go from there.

    The Schaller roller bridge is a fantastic replacement for a Les Paul that will keep strings aligned, BTW. YMMV.

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  5. archetype

    archetype Squier-Nut

    Oct 24, 2017
    Williamsville, NY USA
    The string sees its point of contact on the saddle as a pivot point when the string vibrates or is bent. The string is under tension and stays put at that point of contact. Typically, Fender saddles are hardened and you won't wear grooves in them.

    The bent steel saddles are awesome 1954 technology that still works fine.
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  6. Dr Carrot

    Dr Carrot Squier Talker

    Oct 31, 2018
    Brisbane, Australia
    Thank you all kindly for replying. You put my mind at ease. And incidentally, I've replaced the LP bridge. Next, to the saddles :) Love yer work!
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  7. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Squier-holic

    Sep 2, 2015
    Just be sure to align the strings when installing them and bringing them up to pitch, and they should stay put.

    That said, I know others disagree but I despise bent-steel saddles, and I believe that block-type steel saddles are superior in every way.
  8. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    I believe the same thing - " block-type steel saddles are superior in every way "
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  9. brians

    brians Squier-Meister

    Oct 1, 2017
    South Africa
    Well I agree , I find them easier on the palm
  10. domdavid

    domdavid Squier Talker

    Aug 3, 2017
    To me bent saddles sound more "metallic" and maybe i got a better sustain. I like it. With a tusq capo has been a real improvement for my Standard Stratocaster fmt.
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