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Saddlematic

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Saddlematic

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A real time saver! This unique aluminum/steel tool quickly and accurately finds the correct location for an acoustic guitar saddle slot.

Use the Saddlematic to position a new slotted bridge, or check the accuracy of an attached bridge and saddle. It adjusts for most acoustic guitar scale lengths up to 27".

Quickly and accurately finds the correct location for a new acoustic guitar saddle slot, for positioning a new slotted bridge, or for checking the accuracy of an attached bridge and saddle. It adjusts for most acoustic guitar scale lengths up to 27".

Saddle location pins can be set for proper scale length compensation, and for left-hand bridges. Aluminum/steel construction with set screws.

Quick and accurate way to find the correct location for a bridge saddle
Locate the the saddle slot position on a new bridge blank
Precisely place a new bridge with a pre-cut saddle slot
Check the accuracy of an existing saddle
Record the saddle location before removing a bridge for repair
Works with the strings on or off!


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Finding saddle location with the Saddlematic

How to find saddle placement location with the Saddlematic.

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5.0

Compensation

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This is a great tool to get a fast reference point on the location of the saddle and hence the bridge. I use this as my first measurement and mark accordingly and then check before gluing up.

4.0

Pretty good

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Verified Buyer


Mine showed up with three set screws, one of which didn't fit any of the holes, but this didn't end up being a problem because I switched out the set screws that hold the little prongs for 1 inch machine screws (8/32). I used one of the two remaining (correctly sized) set screws to hold the rod in place. The machine screws are easier to adjust with my fingers anyway.

I just wanted to mention that another reviewer said something about using the tool "correctly" and then describes butting the tool against the fret, rather then sitting it on top of the fret (as per directions). I compared the two (butted against vs. sitting on top), and ended up with different measurements (butted being shorter distance). I believe butting the tool against the fret results in subtracting 1/2 the width of the fret. Of course, you could add this back in to your measurements, but what makes this tool handy, in my opinion, is that it is a direct reference, rather than a calculation/measurement. I happened to use this tool today on fretwire than is .100 (3/32) wide, and it worked fine, but it looks like wire smaller than this might allow the tool to be sloppy. The small block that sits on the fret has a "V" shaped slot on bottom, and you rest this "V" on the fret, and the wire needs to be either taller or wider than the "V".

5.0

saddlematic

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Verified Buyer


Works great! Big stress reliever.

5.0

Takes guess work out of banjo bridge location!

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Verified Buyer


I have 4 banjos, a tenor, a long neck plectrum, an open back 5-string and a traditional 5-string each has a different neck scale length. Positioning the bridge is always an issue, I now use the Saddlematic and have taken the guess work out of the process! Great product!

5.0

Real Time Saver

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Verified Buyer


A great price for a great tool! Use it a couple of times and you will recoup it's cost in time savings. I can't imagine not having one now! Great product!

5.0

Accurate tool, and useful

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Verified Buyer


I can easily show miscalculated saddle slots. Sets it dead in tune with your amount of compensation added.

5.0

easy saddle locating

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Verified Buyer


This tool easily locates correct and fool proof way of location of saddle (very important)For me almost fool proof.I need all the help I can get

5.0

Love it.

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Verified Buyer


Makes bridge placement a breeze.

5.0

I love this thing!

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Verified Buyer


The saddlematic is a great tool that can be used to set the intonation quickly and easily. I especially like using it to check the intonation on guitars in the shop for repair and to duplicate the intonation from a great guitar.

5.0

Narrower Frets Not A Problem

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Verified Buyer


The correct way to use the tool is to place the fret block (shorter, slotted aluminum block) in contact with the edge of the 12th fret closest to the nut, set the saddle block flush with the face of the nut/end of fretboard. Then reverse the tool and place the fret block in contact with the edge of the 12th fret towards the saddle. This eliminates any issues with narrower/wider frets.


If the instructions are followed, even narrow 3/32" saddles will provide adequate room for compensation. With wider saddle, make sure to follow the instructions on offset to the face of the saddle.

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