i picked up a fender cd140-sce for $80 bucks and over all very decent, minus the dirty fretboard and small crack in bridge by saddle. I glued and clamped it and it is fine now. But because the pickup wire goes under the saddle is it supposed to be a little looser? I never had one like this. Not sure which way the saddle goes back in.
Usually you can see the marks on top of the saddle showing where the big/small strings were.
Sometimes they are filed to help with intonation so when you look at it the saddle will be filed at an angle so that the contact points for b and e are closer to the bridge.
However, I’m looking at my hd28v which is the best intonated guitar that I have and the saddle is the same width all the way across so it wouldn’t matter which end was up with that one.
If there’s no marks from where the strings were or the saddle isn’t filed for compensation and just the same width either way then it might not matter. If there’s nothing to go by then install it one way and check intonation; if need be flip it around and check if intonation is better or worse.
From the pic it looks like there is maybe a mark from the low e string on the right side.
Thanks guys. Because there is a wire underneath the saddle, it seems wobbly instead of tight. Is that normal? Most other guitars the saddle is tighter in that slot. Thanks again for your knowledge and insight
My guess is that it shouldn’t be anymore loose than they usually are. Most of mine are not exactly a tight fit but they aren’t wobbling around either although on one or two of them the saddle will fall out if the guitar gets turned upside down with no strings. I would think that regardless of whether or not there is an under saddle pickup the same sort of fit principles would apply at manufacturing. Aftermarket saddle maybe?
Yeah the crack is causing the the saddle to lean forward I tried gluing it, but due to the tension on the saddle from strings, the glue won't hold. I will try and shim it. Fender sells the same saddle for $17 US dollars plus shipping..
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