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Strat bridge screws sticking out:(

Postby Gronow » Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:19 pm

Hi all, it's been a while since I've been around here so hello!
As it was peeing down all weekend I decided I'd set my strat up properly - it's a Shaftesbury (Rose Morris) one which I really like except now I've got the bridge saddle screws sticking out into my hand - very annoying.
I set the bridge parallel to the body so there's just less than a semitone pull up, fretted at the 1st fret and set the bottom of the Es 1.6mm above the top of the 12th fret. Then adjusted the others using a 9.5" radius gauge then did the intonation. All well and good apart from the height screws sticking out. Apologies as there has no doubt been tons of stuff on here about setting strats up but if someone can point me in the right direction I'd be grateful. Btw taking it on a train to Denmark St does not fill me with enthusiasm!
Cheers (still pissing down).
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Re: Strat bridge screws sticking out:(

Postby Murray B » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:09 pm

It's possible to get different length grub screws for the saddles - I've ordered some before but can't remember where from. Google will probably provide some direction on this.
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Re: Strat bridge screws sticking out:(

Postby zenguitar » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:39 pm

Three options really. First is to source shorter grub screws by searching the usual guitar parts suppliers. Second is to grind the existing screws shorter. And the third is to increase the neck/body angle with a shim.

For the shim, a hardwood veneer (I use 0.5mm) strip in the neck pocket between the last pair of neck screws and the neck pick-up should work.

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Re: Strat bridge screws sticking out:(

Postby Gronow » Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:50 pm

Thanks guys. I bought a mixed pack of 6 & 8 mm screws and it's now spot on. I even remembered to slacken the strings off!
Seymour Duncan antiquity pickups into Fender Power Chorus amp with an EHX Glove for extra drive when needed - sounds bloody gorgeous:)
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Re: Strat bridge screws sticking out:(

Postby zenguitar » Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:29 pm

Glad you got it sorted :thumbup:

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Re: Strat bridge screws sticking out:(

Postby Gronow » Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:13 pm

Thanks Andy, not sure how many times you've helped but thanks for all of them!
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