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Choosing Saddle Notching

Pre Notched Saddles

All Faber® Bridges, regardless of model, have Pre Notched saddles installed at the factory. These are simply “starter” notches, dead center. In many cases nothing needs to be done to these notches prior to installation on your guitar. For the plain strings, the starter notches are always adequate. In some cases, you may want to widen the notches for the wound strings. A small file can accomplish this task easily, just widening enough so that the string can rest a little deeper into the notch.

Unnotched Saddles

If desired, FaberUSA can replace the standard pre-notched saddles with unnotched saddles. We charge $15 for this service, using the “no notch” version of the saddle configuration you chose for your bridge. The saddles will then need to be notched before installing on your guitar. This should be done with special gauged files specifically for this purpose. As most casual guitar players don’t possess the required files, this operation will most likely need to be done by a qualified guitar technician.

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