Have any of you used this to lower the action?

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Chris.Conery
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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by Chris.Conery » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:11 am

Hi Mordent-
What I mean by that is if the bottom of the saddle slot is not perfectly square it will not be possible to seat the saddle fully and not at the bottom of the slot. Knocking off the edges at the bottom of the saddle allows it to be fully seated - probably a more important factor for transmission of vibration.
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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by robin loops » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:43 pm

mordent wrote:
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:08 pm

Sanding down a new saddle particularly in reducing the thickness is very hazardess to the "playing fingernails unless you are ambidextrous since there is little gripping area . Best to use as has been said a miniature cheap hand vice clamped at the scribed mark.
One more advantage to be a lefty and playing right handed. For right handers you can use a piece of gorilla tape (or similar thick tape with a strong adhesive) the length of the saddle and a couple of inches wide. Fold it in half (sticky on the outside), place on saddle and then squeeze sides together (forms a T shape) and use it to slide the saddle back and forth with out risking fingernail damage.
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