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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$44.00

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Relic, 2-7/32" spread

Item # 0151-R
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$47.50

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Nickel, 2-1/8" spread

Item # 0262
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$44.00

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Relic, 2-1/8" spread

Item # 0262-R
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$47.50

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Nickel, 2-1/16" spread

Item # 0263
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$44.00

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Relic, 2-1/16" spread

Item # 0263-R
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$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

Beautiful!

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Verified Buyer


True to the original Fender concept, only better thought out and more carefully crafted.

5.0

Worth it!

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Verified Buyer


I purchased these because the height adjustment screws on the Fender saddles (American Special strat) stick up and scrape your hand. The Highwood saddles are slotted and the grub screws are below the surface of the saddle.

Will they improve tone? I scoffed but dang if I didn't notice the D string ringing LOUD and sustaining more. I was watching TV while re-tuning after installing these, not paying attention really, that's how much it stood out.

2.0

Did not work out for my guitar

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Verified Buyer


I was interested in these saddles because of the increased hand comfort made possible by its smooth design. I had read so many good things about them so my hopes were high, but unfortunately they did not work out for me. They literally killed the tone of my guitar. My sound with the original Fender bent saddles was bright and alive. The sound, following installation of these, was weak and lifeless. The difference was night and day. I had to turn the volume up on my amp just to get the same levels I was previously achieving. Even then, I was just making a sterile sounding tone only louder.

Perhaps it had something to do with the reduced mass of the grub screws. The diameter of the height adjustment screws on these saddles was larger, but the metal itself was more hollowed out and actually quite thin. The metal on my original Fender height adjustment screws was thicker, perhaps allowing more positive contact with the bridge plate. What ever the reason, these saddles negatively affected the tone of my guitar.

I really wanted to like these saddles because they were so comfortable to play, but I could not live with the sound. I removed the new saddles and installed the old ones back on. Thank you, StewMac, for your prompt customer service in the returning of these for a refund.

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.

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