9/25/2015

Three Saddle Adjustable Acoustic Bridge


I've been faithfully playing my Fender Redondo but wanted to hot-rod it even a bit more. I'd always liked the idea of the individually-adjustable saddles on the slightly-earlier Fender King/Kingman models, so I made my own mod to the Redondo to gain something similar.

In this case I used (Wilkinson?) aluminum compensated saddles and mounted them on the top using small screw-eyes mounted to the rear and in-between the bridge pins. Of course, I readjusted the neck angle at the neck pocket to gain the small extra height I needed for this mod and also filled in the old saddle location (which wasn't placed right in the first place, anyhow).



The result actually sounds a lot better and more gutsy than the original plastic material used for the saddle on this guitar. It's also height-adjustable and gives me more control over intonation if I want to swap to different tunings, "Nashville" the strings, or whatnot.

I flipped the (originally backwards-compensated -- for a plain G string) middle saddle over for the D&G strings and the intonation is actually spot-on after leaning it just a little bit. I didn't even have to file a new face on it...! A bonus when doing this at the end of a long work day.

So -- there you go! Another funky mod you hot-rodders out there can do very quickly.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Holy frankenstein, Jakeman! That looks.....ummm.....err......

Anonymous said...

I'm beginning to worry about you Jake.

Jake Wildwood said...

Hee, hee -- beginning to show my "low down and dirty" side, I know. :D

There are guitars that need to be -beautiful- and ones that just get better the more you bizarre-them-up. This cracked old beater is easily in the 2nd category.

Herb said...

Great timing. I was pondering how to put an adjustable bridge on a National biscuit cone. Going into a stratacoustic whose bridge was ripped off.
Herb