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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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newbie saddle adjustment question

Just got a prestige rga321 fixed gibralter bridge. I got the neck adjusted just how I want it and the string height just where I wnt it, now I need to do some slight intonation adjustments. My question is can the saddle be moved without loosening the string or do you have to loosen the string to move the saddle? Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-21-2012, 01:13 AM
 
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Re: newbie saddle adjustment question

Well, I have virtually zero experience with that bridge. I usually use Floyd Rose tremolos.

But as a general rule of thumb I'm pretty sure that if you try to loosen/move the saddle without loosening the string first, it will yank the saddle towards the neck due to the somewhat immense tension that the string is under.

loosen the string, unlock and adjust the saddle, lock the saddle down, then tune back up and check your intonation.. if it's not right, repeat.

Intonation isn't hard, it's just tedious. I recommend using an analog strobe tuner, but a digital tuner will work if you don't have one.

Good luck! :-)
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Re: newbie saddle adjustment question

according to the Ibanez manual.....there is no need to loosen the strings to set intonation.
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Re: newbie saddle adjustment question

It's not necessary. I have a SAT bridge and it adjusts the same way. If you do adjust it under tension, though, the height adjustment screws might scratch your baseplate up a little.

My advice would be to loosen the strings when making major adjustments. Otherwise, do it under tension.
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Re: newbie saddle adjustment question

Thanks everyone for the advice....
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