Favorite strat-style bridge saddles?

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  1. strat81

    strat81 Squier-Meister Platinum Supporting Member

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    What are you favorite strat-style bridge saddles and why?

    Maybe it's how they look, how they sound, how they function, or how they feel.

    Pictures and links are of course welcome.

    OEM and aftermarket are welcome.
     
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  2. Jmv668

    Jmv668 Squier-Nut

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    Stock ones cause are free.
    The only one i change are the affinity ones.
     
  3. strat81

    strat81 Squier-Meister Platinum Supporting Member

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    What do you change them to?
     
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  4. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

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    Standard series block saddles, with the black set screws...
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    Solid, reliable, don’t bend, have guides, and the screw heads are easy on the picking hand when palm muting.

    (yes It’s a Tele bridge, but the same saddles are on the Standard Strat models).
     
  5. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Dr. Squier

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    I like the Squier Standard & Deluxe block saddles .

    The SE saddles ain't to bad either ;)
     
  6. Jmv668

    Jmv668 Squier-Nut

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    I change affinity tele saddles cause buzz a lot . I say the old ones , dont know actual ones, too much guitars for me.
     
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  7. Stratopayn

    Stratopayn Squier-Meister

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    I replaced the 2020 Squier Contemporary Strat block saddles (same as the Standard Series) with Guitar Fetish Stainless Block Saddles. 6 of them: $12.95, they were hard to find on their Website. The part number is K102. They are much better IMO. Here's a picture side
    by side. Squier saddle on Left,
    GF on right. And a screenshot from website.

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  8. GilmourD

    GilmourD Squier-Meister

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    I probably have one of every style... I don't have a favorite since it depends on the guitar.
     
  9. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    I bought these strictly for cosmetic reasons. They looked cool! But I like them, so it was a win/win! They are just cheap roller saddles from Amazon.

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  10. GilmourD

    GilmourD Squier-Meister

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    Don't those height adjustment grub screws shred your hand?
     
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  11. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

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    No. I hear people talking about that, but I’ve never had an issue with it on any of my guitars. Not sure if it’s the way I position my hand or what, but it doesn’t bother me at all.
     
  12. GilmourD

    GilmourD Squier-Meister

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    I palm mute a lot, so that would destroy my hand.
     
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  13. brians

    brians Squier-holic

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    I've never changed a saddle on a Fender or Squier guitar yet.
     
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  14. DougMen

    DougMen Squier-holic

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    I've had Strats with both types, and it makes no difference to me.
     
  15. DougMen

    DougMen Squier-holic

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    I don't get it. You can palm mute without laying your hand on the bridge. Try it sometime, it's easy.
     
  16. GilmourD

    GilmourD Squier-Meister

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    That kinda doesn't make much sense unless you're choking up on the string closer to the neck, which actually causes the palm muted notes to go a touch sharp and also be invariably choked out. Palm muting can be used to varying degrees but requires resting your hand on the saddles.
     
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