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Fine Tuner Range On Edge Pro Wound Strings

 

There is a flaw in the first generation Edge Pro saddles I noticed while doing an early 2003 UV777. The flaw causes poor fine tuner range on the thicker wound strings, notably the low B, E, and A. Since there are undoubtedly more of these guitars out there this will illustrate the problem, and the cure.

The groove in the front of the saddle where the string rides wasn't deep enough or wide enough where it meets the clamping area in the saddle, basically clamping the string into the nose of the saddle which prevents free and independent movement of the saddle nose, effectively killing fine tuner range.

Follow the groove from the inset chip to where the line separates the front and back halves of the saddle at the string clamping area. You can see that it is not only shallow and narrow but where it meets the back half it actually almost disappears.

This pic is a little closer but darker

Here you can clearly see the widened and depended groove, especially in the problem area where the front and back half meet.

 

This was a fairly simple fix as I just used my Dremmel and a slim bit and opened and deepened the groove where it was binding the string. If you don't have access to the tools replacing the saddles is a very simple fix.

 


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