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12 string acoustic- do you have a template to
make my own saddle or the dimensions please?
I don't have any templates or diminsions. The reason is there
are so many different brand guitars out there and many are different sizes and different scale lengths.
Warwick bass but it has a lower neck curvature.
Usually the height of the bridge itself can vary also which makes the saddle height different. It
is best to copy the original size but you can vary the height a little if you need to. Some players like
to replace the plastic saddle with a solid bone to enhance the tone and brightness of the guitar. When
doing that it is best to duplicate the one that came out and change any playing height needed while doing that.
If you have a guitar that the saddle is missing then meassure the width of the slot and the length.
Make it too tall and put the strings on and start cutting it down until each string is where
it plays in proper intonation. Then you can take it out and do any fine sanding and shaping to finish it.
You must also match the radius of the fret board.
If you have never worked on a saddle before it
might be best to get an experienced luthier to do this. It would not be very expensive and you
would probably get the best results. You may also be able to order one from the manufacturer of
the guitar t5hat is pre-cut and properly shaped for that guitar. Even then you may need to do
some shaving to fine tune it to your specific guitar. I hope this is helpful to you. If you by any
chance are anywhere near the Nashville Tennessee area I would be happy to do this for you.
I got this new warwick bass but it has a lower neck curvature in the E string than in the G string,
already see multiples set ups,including messing around with the truss rod but the treble side is always
more higher than the bass side. Could it be illusion or the neck is actually twisted?
Well Alex, them g strings can sure mess a man up and they even get twisted too. Pardon the humor please.
The bass side should be higher off the fret board than the treble side because the larger diameter bass
strings have more flex and vibration than the tighter motion of the smaller strings. A twisted neck can
still play just as good as a straight neck though one would not think it would.
If the twist is gradually twisting
at an even twist all the way down and the bridge saddles are set right with each string's alignment it
can play the same. Each note will still work and maintain its intonation unless the twist is uneven. I
recall one company that actually made a twisted neck as a standard model. It was intended to make playing easier
but I don't see that it could help that any. Still I rather have a straight untwisted neck. As long as each
fret is lined up with each other it would not hurt anything. Sometimes an uneven twist is when it is trouble.
The thing with a twisted neck is you already know it has a problem in warping which usually means the wood
was not properly cured and that also means the future may bring even worse twisting and uneven twisting.
My first suggestion is take it back if you can.
If you cannot and you are stuck with it then I would say play it for a year or two until you know it has
cured out completely and it is through twisting then pull out the frets, re-radius the fretboard, re-slot,
and re-fret, and carefully dress the new frets. Be sure though that the neck is not so bad it cannot be
re-radiused. Sometimes they get twisted bad enough there is not enough fretboard to carve away back to straight.
If it is a biolt on neck it may be much more simple to replace the neck completely. If you were close
enough to Tennessee I could do the work for you. Anyway I hope this will guide you.
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