Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length

Author Topic: How to properly setup the Bridge & Saddles?  (Read 2284 times)

Offline Kewlpack

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 59
How to properly setup the Bridge & Saddles?
« on: April 08, 2005, 09:58:05 AM »
In order to learn "best practice" for setting up the action on my P38, I would like to know the process you GURUS use when working with the Bridge and individual String Saddles...

I've messed around with my own setup so much, I want to get to a proven starting point and setup from there.

1)   Should I lower all string saddles to be flush with bridge and then raise or lower the bridge?

2)   Should I set the string saddles to some sort of slight arch and then adjust the bridge height?

3)   Should I lower the bridge completely and then raise the saddles individually until I get the appropriate string height at fret 14 (I think that is the fret my manual indicates)?

Where do you guys start from when a setup is all screwy? What is your step by step process for getting it setup right?

Please help - and thanks!

Guitars: Parker P-38 & Ibanez AS83-VLS
Rig: BOSS GT-8 & Fender Stage 1000

How to properly setup the Bridge & Saddles?

Offline 908ssp

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6365
How to properly setup the Bridge & Saddles?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2005, 10:54:10 AM »
Here is how I go about it. I have not done a P38 but the Wilkinson style bridge is fairly common. I set the E string saddles almost all the way down then I adjust the rest to follow the arch of the fret board. I raise or lower the entire bridge from this point forward, using the individual string saddle adjusters for any really small tweaks. [:D]

1996 Parker Fly Deluxe
1998 Parker Fly Classic
200? Parker NiteFly S/S/H
2004 Maven Peal Ganesha
2004 Marshall 4x12 Scumbag