Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6

Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6

Nickel, 2-7/32" spread

Item # 0151
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$57.00
$44.00

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Relic, 2-7/32" spread

Item # 0151-R
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$67.00
$47.50

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Nickel, 2-1/8" spread

Item # 0262
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$67.00
$44.00

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Relic, 2-1/8" spread

Item # 0262-R
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$67.00
$47.50

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Nickel, 2-1/16" spread

Item # 0263
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$57.00
$44.00

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Relic, 2-1/16" spread

Item # 0263-R
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$67.00
$47.50

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Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6

About This Item

Strat® saddle screws have been shredding the picking hands of players since 1954. Highwood has redesigned the vintage saddle so the adjustment screws are out of harm's way while retaining the look of the originals. The use of better quality steel improves sustain, single note definition, and harmonic response.

"As a fan of all things vintage I don't generally go for aftermarket upgrades because they often draw attention visually. These Highwood saddles will look right at home on your old Fender while at the same time improving the function, tone, and playability of your guitar."
— Erick Coleman, guitar repairman and StewMac tech advisor

Set of 6. Mounting hardware and adjustment wrench included.

#0151
String spread: 2-7/32" (56.33mm)
Saddle width: 0.441" (11.20mm)
Fits Fender American vintage tremolo and hardtail bridges.

#0262
String spread: 2-1/8" (53.97mm)
Saddle width: 0.425" (10.80mm)
Fits most imports made in Japan, China, and Korea.

#0263
String spread: 2-1/16" (52.37mm)
Saddle width: 0.413" (10.50mm)
Fits Fender Mexico, American Standard (stamped style), and American Professional bridges.


    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 0151
    • 0.110 lbs. (0.05 kg)
    • 0151-R
    • 0.110 lbs. (0.05 kg)
    • 0262
    • 0.110 lbs. (0.05 kg)
    • 0262-R
    • 0.110 lbs. (0.05 kg)
    • 0263
    • 0.110 lbs. (0.05 kg)
    • 0263-R
    • 0.110 lbs. (0.05 kg)

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5.0

The vintage saddles I’ve wanted my whole life

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Verified Buyer


Vintage-correct stamped-steel tone, elongated holes for unobstructed string pass-through, ingenious height screw mounting for palm-muting comfort worthy of kings, and available in the spacing I needed. I can’t imagine how these saddles could possibly be improved upon. My search for strat saddles has finally ended, and they will be accompanying me in the grave.

5.0

Very Nice!

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Verified Buyer


The look is awsome!

5.0

Nice hardware

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Verified Buyer


Ok, so I ordered these on recommendation from a trusted friend. My initial reason was because of high saddle screws. While this is a marketing angle of the Highwoods that alone can be addressed by a) shorter screws and b) neck angle corrected by shimming. But it still is a sexy design to recess the screws while maintaining a vintage look. A couple of the saddle length screws wanted to cross thread upon re-installation. A gentler more calculated approach was needed with those than any Fender stamped saddles I've used. Maybe a finer thread, I don't know. The first guitar I tried them on had a generic non-Fender "vintage trem" I bought on line, but I ran into crowding and the high e saddle was slightly askew. I then switched the Highwoods to a guitar that has a Callaham top plate and block and everything seated great, so take note of the spacing of the intended guitar. I really like the string slots, the fine movement of height and length screws. I cannot say I hear a dramatic tonal difference, it just rings solid. I would and probably will use these again.

5.0

Vintage saddles with modern features

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Verified Buyer


Replaced a set of Callaham Vintage S Model "CG" Saddles on my Brondell & Thornton Nowcaster. An easy drop in replacement for the Callaham saddles. The Callahams are excellent but the height adjustment screws protrude above the saddle and stab me in my picking hand. I could have ground down the screws flush to the saddle top but I also liked the idea of the contoured groove that keeps the string centered in the saddle. The results are very good. With the protruding screw tops eliminated playability is terrific now that I've got a comfortable place for right my hand. No loss of tone or sustain. Tuning stability seems to have improved and intonation is dead on. Very happy.

5.0

Great Saddle Upgrade

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Verified Buyer


I bought these to replace some Callaham saddles, although I like their trem block/bridge plate I really don't care for their saddles. Too "hard" in feel and tone. The Highwood set sounds better and feels better, the grooves hold the strings nicely and translate to a better feel when bending strings. A+!

5.0

Definite design upgrade!!

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Verified Buyer


After playing Stratocasters onstage and in the studio for decades, using stock, roller, brass, locking, graphite, cold-rolled and more these vintage replacements saddles from Highwood rule! They sound great, have precise adjustability are and super comfortable for palm muting. Great price.

5.0

Update to my original review of the Highwood Contoured Vintage Stratocaster Saddles

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Verified Buyer


In my original review, I noted that I could not use a StewMac .25 neck shim with the Highwood Saddles because the bridge height adjustment screws were too short. While the short screws are adequate when the shim is not used, the shim pulls the neck back which means the saddles must be set higher, or the strings will literally rest on the fretboard at highest saddle adjustment. I contacted the manufacturer, and although surprised at my finding, he sent a new set of longer screws from The Netherlands to my address at no charge. That's responsive customer service deserving an additional Star. 5 Stars to Highwood based on quality and customer service, and StewMac, you should offer the longer screws as an option.

5.0

Excellent...this is what EVERY Strat needs!

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Verified Buyer


I've been playing Strats now for some 50 years and the stock saddle height screws were always somewhat in the way unless you found the right size screws and the string would tend to wonder around on the saddle causing return to pitch issues post trem use. These Highwood saddles solve all the problems with vintage style saddles, don't negatively change the sound, and still retain the classic look. What's not too like? Wish these had been available years ago.

4.0

Nice, but the saddle height screws are super short!

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Verified Buyer


I bought the 2 1/16 inch string spread model # 263 to fit a Fender Classic 60's Stratocaster, vintage about 2012, the guitar has a 12 inch fretboard radius (be aware that different models years of the Classic 60's Strat may have different fretboard radius and string spacing at the saddle) . The 2 1/16 size fits very well on this guitar, without slack, and the saddles seem to be manufactured and plated to a high standard. The string guide on each saddle is a nice feature. HOWEVER, the saddle screws are truly short, only about half the length of the screws on the OEM Fender saddles, and they are a larger diameter, so one can't swap in the OEM screws. I had intended to use a StewMac neck shim of a mere .25 (thinnest available), but I can't do that until I source some longer saddle screws. So then, if you're considering this item with the intent of using a StewMac neck shim, you may want to reconsider. FWIW, tone is a bit duller or thicker sounding (not as piercing) with these saddles, likely due to heavier metal or plating. As inexpensive as saddle screws are, you'd think the manufacturer would have included a longer size along with the super short size provided. If StewMac has longer saddle screws to fit this item, I'd really like to know about it!

5.0

The best S saddle out there

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I'm so glad StewMac is carrying these! I've used them ever since they came out a few years ago or some.

I won't make any claim this saddle is a game changer, tone changer, life changer, etc, i.e. things forumite kool-aid drinkers say,,,But this saddle addresses some real problems with traditional S saddles.

For starters the notch is just a good idea period: string has a defined stay - good for bend stability .
The slightly thicker metal used is also a good for a better attack and added sustain.

Then the extended saddle curve allows you to lower the height adjust screw yet the extra lower threaded hole keeps the screw support strong and allows the screw to be dropped flush or below the saddle even so you don't chew up your hands.

Pricey? Not really - so what,,this should be the standard S saddle for any strat.