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Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6

Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6

Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6 Nickel, 2-7/32" spread

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Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6 Relic, 2-7/32" spread

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Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6 Nickel, 2-1/8" spread

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Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6 Relic, 2-1/8" spread

Relic, 2-1/8" spread

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Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6 Nickel, 2-1/16" spread

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Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6 Relic, 2-1/16" spread

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Highwood Contoured Vintage Saddles for Strat - Set of 6

About This Item

Better tone and no pain!
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.

This is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" solutions!
On traditional Strat saddles, the height screws feed in (and adjust) from the top of the saddle, leaving them protruding out of the top where they inevitably shred your hands. On Highwood saddles, the height screws feed in from the bottom so they never extend over the top of the saddle—all you'll feel is the smooth polished bridge under your palm.

"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.



CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


    • 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

Worth it.

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Doubles string height adjustment. High quality. In my opinion a little overpriced .

5.0

Worth it

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Worth every penny, increased sustain too! Just double check the sizing for your guitar.

5.0

Really worth it.

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Measure carefully. You tube has some useful videos. Replaced factory saddles on a Fender MIM strat. Huge upgrade. More sustain. Easier to micro adjust the action. Really happy with them.

4.0

Feel great, sound great

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Verified Buyer


This is a very cool system. They feel great on my hands, sound great, and \the relic job on them matches my other Nash hardware. It is a little hard to swallow the $70 price for some saddles after tax and shipping. I will keep them if I ever transition to using a different strat and every strat I have had in the past could have benefitted from them so that is how I'm justifying the investment. I don't have a belt sander or something to custom grind the height screws on normal saddles so this seemed like the easiest way to fix the problem.

4.0

Highwood contoured saddles

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Verified Buyer


Bought these for my Strat and they work as advertised. No More height adjustment screws scratching my hand. The only critique i have is that I wish they also came in chrome and black since most of my guitars have chrome and black bridges. Aside from that, I would recommend them. I already ordered another set for my other Fender Strat.

5.0

High quality upgrade. Great tone!

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Verified Buyer


These saddles improved my tone, and I would recommend them highly. Definitely improved tuning stability when doing string bends.

4.0

Saddles are great, minus some QC

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Verified Buyer


Love these saddles, high quality, great aesthetic, and the lack of pins sicking through to stab you if you're lazy and rest your hand on the bridge

StewMac had to ship me a second set, had some issues with QC, the second set also had a few saddles with issues but I was able to get 6 saddles between the two sets. Issue was screws weren't threading in to the saddles

5.0

Everything I expected!

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Verified Buyer


These saddles are an amazing alternative to the stock saddles that come on older Strats and reissues. So much more comfortable.

5.0

Great Saddles

By

Verified Buyer


Where was this product decades ago? Didn't notice a sound change, but I made a drastic string h
change at the same time. Easy to install and adjust. Feel great under my hand!

4.0

OK, but a little underwhelmed TBH.

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First off, the good. They are significantly more comfortable on the hardtail bridge I got from Warmoth when I put this particular Partscaster together.

The caveats:

* AFA build quality I'm not all that impressed. The rear screws wouldn't come out by hand turning alone. They needed a screw driver. And putting them back in there was resistance as well. They would catch at points. Applying some machine oil and taking them fully in and a few times seemed to resolve this. But for 50 bucks a pop I'm not exactly thrilled about having to do that for a supposedly upmarket product.

* As others have remarked, you need to be careful with the installation. They come out of the package with the height screws adjusted up, causing the insertion point to sit up at an angle, which will make it difficult to thread the screw. I dealt with this by just taking all the saddles down to the lowest point initially. But that seems like something that should have been done prior to packaging, you know? Again, upgrade product with less than higher end delivery.

* I've been looking over all this, improved tuning, sustain, tone commentary and wondering if I'm ordering from some parallel universe Stewmac. Really. I use a Fractal Axe FX and so I have a stable of presets that remain consistent from session to session, and recordings using those. Listening to an A->B comparison of before the new saddles to after the new saddles playing the same thing with the same setup(I measure my pickup and string heights in an OCD fashion) you can't tell the difference. Actually,I might even like the sound of the old saddles a little better, but my right hand definitely likes the new ones. Life is a series of trade off's and compromises so I don't necessarily feel compelled to eject the baby with the bathwater in this case.

But the kind of night and day experiences described here are beyond me. The saddles are not all *that* different. Now if you put a modern saddle like the ones that are on my Bladerunner on there, I could see those sounding pretty different. Because they are a significantly larger and heavier piece of metal with more mass. And have less exposed screw between the bottom of the saddle and the bridge plate, which I think would contribute to a slightly different (not conflating to "better") sound.

So I'd say if you need some relief for your right hand these will probably do the trick. Install and move on like I am probably going to do. But I'd be careful on the install points mentioned above. And keep your expectations in check. Unless you're one of the kind that needs to hype a product to justify a purchase. I'm OK with saying "great function, but just OK value". It doesn't disqualify the purchase IMO, just puts it into perspective.

I actually think there should be a 2 part rating for things on this site. One for function, IOW how well does it work? And another one for value, which speaks more to was it worth in in the long run? So they get a "Good" but docking a point for aggravation + hyperbole.

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