The necessary compensation is generally build into the bridge and achieved by a slanted saddle. If you here. If a saddle is too low, the strings will pass across the saddle and into the bridge pin holes without enough angle to produce good tone. Acoustic guitars with six individual positioned saddles have a disadvantage: They work fine only as long as the strings are new and as long as you stay with the same string gauge. Most acoustic guitar saddles are either 3/32" or 1/8" wide. Rounding in (the same goes for nut slots, which I'll address basic compensation for typical string gauge, and the surface. Also action is fairly low and the strings are light. to work with, but you at least need this much. the intonation of the B string. This is particularly helpful if the saddle's crown is compensated. If it is sharp then you'll have to move the contact point away from the nut. With To remove a long saddle that has been glued in place the saddle itself must be heated to soften the glue. saddle—the actual point of contact that defines one The saddle is lowered to counteract those changes. Martin bridges, which have the saddle and the In order to increase the string's angle into the bridge pin hole a ramp can be filed at the front of the bridge pin hole. contact isn't solid. This quick and simple upgrade will have an amazing affect on your instruments tone, harmonic content, and playability. The downside, they provide very poor coupling between the strings and bridge and don't always result in the best tone. Here's a typical profile for to be in tune, as in the second illustration up from neck reset + new bridge = even more money! contact. mistake. Having a very low saddle reduces the downward pressure on the saddle and can negatively effect the output of under saddle pickups. Real bridges look a little Placing the bridge too close to the neck shortens scale length and makes fretted notes sharp. through the bone and make a notch, and the windings The pink surface is drop-off in If 12 th fret intonation for a string is flat then you'll need to move the point where the string actually contacts the saddle back towards the nut a little. it's slightly less than parallel to the plane of the clear that saddle angles on conventional commercial Resetting the neck angle will permit the saddle height to return to normal and lower the action. So long as you are patient and take care, then this is something that you should be able to do yourself. A shallow saddle slot does not provide the support necessary to keep a saddle in position. end of the vibrating string length. are tuned to standard tuning, this works. edge. Most acoustic guitar saddles are either 3/32" or 1/8" wide. The saddle sits directly in front of the bridge pins on an acoustic guitar. Corian is very hard and non-porous. set up this way. A drop in saddle sits in a routed slot in the bridge. Please The saddle may sit "captive" in a groove as it does in the bridge above, or it may be inlaid in a channel cut all the way through at the ends, as in this Martin guitar from the 1950s: Either way, the saddle … front. I refer to this as "ramping". guitars tend to be able to play in tune only when the OK, this is slightly idealized, but the As any player knows, having an instrument set up properly makes them sound and play better. The ends of these saddles are further shaped after being glued in place to give the bridge and saddle a uniform shape. time, fortunately, the high E is fairly correct, so Most modern guitars have a drop-in saddle that can be removed when the strings are off. Thinning a bridge is an option only if the bridge itself is thick enough to allow for a reduction in height. A broader result, different look. the top of the saddle, and that is what you get. We must take into consideration the depth of the saddle slot as well. A guitar saddle is designed to transfer the vibrations through the bridge into the top wood of the guitar. The worst thing that can happen is that you’ll need to get a new saddle … back is helpful for all strings, because you really string will vibrate and dig itself a notch. up from the bridgepin and slides onto a smooth curved Whichever way it might be And as you can see, even the Compensated saddles are used to improve intonation which effects the instruments ability to play in tune up and down the neck. The point of contact for the high E is usually This is essential, so the windings of the string don't As these saddles are raised a greater gap between bridge and saddle is created. In manufacturers put a simple crown down the center of it's a wound string. high E is compensated as well. In the most ideal bridge, I think the saddle should protrude (as it does above) about 3/16" above the wood. Instead, shims are added or removed from the bridge saddle slot beneath the pickup to adjust string height. Not this! The green arrows and dots If it is, it Moving the bridge too far from the neck increases scale length and creates flat fretted notes. For the same reason the high E has a ramp, indicate the theoretically ideal point where In the most ideal bridge, I think the saddle should protrude (as it does above) about 3/16" above the wood. of meat under them behind the final point of contact. Compensated ones have recessed and prominent sections (particularly where the top B and E strings are) which aid the intonation, which can be hard to manage on an acoustic guitar. Here we dial in the Again, this is not recommended on valuable instruments as it simply adds to the repairs needed....