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locking bridge saddles

Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:02 am
by Bob C
I'm adjusting the bridge on my Aries bass for the first time and noticed there are three set screws on each bridge saddle. I'm guessing the rear screw is for locking?

I raised my E string slightly and also adjusted the intonation on all strings - without touching that rear screw (the micro allen screw; not the phillips for string length). Was this wrong or harmful?

What does the locking feature do, exactly?

Re: locking bridge saddles

Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:10 am
by spudmunkey
Side to side adjustment, maybe? I don't have one; just guessing.

Re: locking bridge saddles

Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:22 am
by Bob C
Thanks spudmunkey. That crossed my mind, as well. Will have to wait for Mikebass or TopTube to chime in.

Re: locking bridge saddles

Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:35 am
by Bob C
I checked the Aries info on the Basses page and see that it is a Hipshot A. And yes, it has side to side adjustment. So, I guess this is NOT a locking bridge?

Re: locking bridge saddles

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:42 pm
by UnexplodedCow
The front two allen screws adjust height, and the rear screw unlocks the black part of the saddle for side to side movement. With it loose the saddle can be adjusted for string spacing, and then locked down. Think of it as a fancy Fender type bridge.

Re: locking bridge saddles

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:44 am
by Bob C
Thanks. So, do you loosen the screw all the way and then push the saddle over with your fingers or whatever?

Re: locking bridge saddles

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:42 am
by UnexplodedCow
I loosen it a bit, and then can slide by pulling/pushing the string with my fingers. It helps to put some slack in the strings, but they needn't be completely loose.

Re: locking bridge saddles

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:05 am
by Bob C
Great. Thanks again. The spacing is fine as is, but good to know.