Slotting Acoustic Bridge Saddle

GibsonRocker

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After months of ridiculous string breaking I finally bought a new saddle for my acoustic. It is a Tusq compensated saddle. It is not slotted, so my question to you is how to do this, without causing the same problem I had before, which is breaking strings at the bridge. Thanks, ya'll.
 

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My acoustics have never had fully slotted bridges. They all have had the minimum notch conceivable to keep a string in line and thats it, more like scratches than slots.
 

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My acoustics have never had fully slotted bridges. They all have had the minimum notch conceivable to keep a string in line and thats it, more like scratches than slots.

Do you play hard though? I play in a folk punk band, so I play pretty aggressively. It seems like I might need deeper grooves to prevent strings slipping out.
 

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Do you play hard though? I play in a folk punk band, so I play pretty aggressively. It seems like I might need deeper grooves to prevent strings slipping out.

No, I don't play hard. You may need a luthier then.... maybe move this thread to the luthier section and explain that you play much harder then most.
 

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Do you play hard though? I play in a folk punk band, so I play pretty aggressively. It seems like I might need deeper grooves to prevent strings slipping out.

Heavier strings might serve your needs a little better.
 

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You can do it yourself pretty easily, with the right tools.

The cheapest route.....welding tip cleaner set. They go for like $5 shipped on eBay.

Another suggestion is a set of jeweler files. You can even notch metal with these. They may run between $10 and $20. IRRC.

Or buck up and get a nice set of nut files.

I don't do a lot of nut or saddle work so I've yet to buy a good set. I have the 1st 2 above and haven't needed anything else.

There are tons of "how to" articles and videos on the net to learn from.
 

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