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Shop stuff #156: A saddle of bone for an acoustic guitar.

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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 04-20-2019 02:15 AM 504 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 155: Part 11 of the Roubo bench build Part 156 of Shop stuff series Part 157: Guitar intonation theory »

My first time trying this job. It is very involved. I made the blanks quite a while ago and have that video up on my channel. I get the blank roughed out and fitted, stumble a bit, and carry on. Interesting medium to work with and very traditional for the job. The saddle will probably be worth more than the whole guitar, but I think that’s just what you want for a first try at something. Having some fun with this one!


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Jaxsun

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#1 posted 04-20-2019 11:05 AM

How do like the smell of that bone dust? Something about the smell turns my stomach…I like your Makita belt sander, I’ve had mine for 15+ years and used daily as a millwork/cabinet installer with no problems. Way lighter in weight than a Porter cable. If you check the height of the low E string from the top of the soundboard to bottom of string, right in front of the bridge, it should be 1/2” +or-... it looks to me as if the saddle is just to high, and maybe the shim was unnecessary. But I’m not familiar with those adjustable bridges. You don’t see them often so I’m guessing they might be problematic…nice video

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#2 posted 04-20-2019 12:02 PM



How do like the smell of that bone dust? Something about the smell turns my stomach…I like your Makita belt sander, I ve had mine for 15+ years and used daily as a millwork/cabinet installer with no problems. Way lighter in weight than a Porter cable. If you check the height of the low E string from the top of the soundboard to bottom of string, right in front of the bridge, it should be 1/2” +or-... it looks to me as if the saddle is just to high, and maybe the shim was unnecessary. But I m not familiar with those adjustable bridges. You don t see them often so I m guessing they might be problematic…nice video

- Jaxsun

The bone dust isn’t too bad. Not good, but it has been de-fatted well (see my video on that). The Makita is a pretty handy tool. I enjoy it. The string action has to come down about 3/64” on the low E and I am guessing that is just about perfect to give me room to adjust the intonation. The middle strings have to come down less as the saddle is still flat, while the fret board has a radius. A few swipes with a nut file after I get the saddle carved will get them all at the right height.

-- my blog: http://watertoneworkshop.blogspot.ca/ my You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA?view_as=subscriber

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#3 posted 04-20-2019 01:21 PM

Very descriptive video, I like it.

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