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Wilkinson Compensated Tele Saddles

How to install Wilkinson Compensated Tele saddles.


These compensated saddles for Tele® can be slanted to perfectly intonate every string. If your guitar is set-up and playing to your satisfaction, you will need to take notes on its set-up and use the same gauge of strings to ensure the same playability with your new saddles. If the instrument needs to be set-up as well, consult #0570 Guitar Player Repair Guide for proper set-up procedures, or visit your local repairman.

Carefully measure and record the height of each string from the top of the 14th fret to the bottom of the string. Next, remove the strings and the old saddles.

Install the new saddles with angles set approximately as illustrated. Install new strings and adjust the height of each saddle until you reach your original 14th fret measurements. For a good set-up, the strings should follow the radius of the fingerboard.

The final step is to set your guitar's intonation. If you do not own an accurate electronic tuner, leave this step to a technician. Tune the open strings to pitch and check the low E and A string fretted at the 12th fret. If both of the fretted notes are sharp (compared to the open notes), move the saddle back, if they are flat move the saddle forward. However, if one is sharp and the other is flat, loosen the saddle pivot screw (using the Allen wrench provided) and angle the saddle so that the sharp string becomes longer and the flat string becomes shorter. Make these forward/back and angle adjustments until both strings are in tune. It may take several tries to get it right for each pair of strings, and be sure to retune the open notes after every movement of a saddle. When you have the E and A strings intonated, set the remaining saddles using the same procedure.