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 Post subject: Source for replacement bridge "saddles"?
 Post Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 10:04 am 
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Hi folks. Anyone know where I can get replacement bridge saddles (6-string variant) for my '87 360 and '89 381? I see the bridges are available online, but haven't found a source for just the saddles. I tried the search feature, but nothing came up that would be helpful. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Source for replacement bridge "saddles"?
 Post Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 6:18 am 
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In the boutique:
http://boutique.rickenbacker.com/Bridges_c_7.html


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 Post subject: Re: Source for replacement bridge "saddles"?
 Post Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 5:57 pm 
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I decided to make new saddles out of brass (1/8"x1/2" flat bar). I'm just about done with one bridge. It's a lot of work, but I wanted to see how the brass sounds. Thanks for the link to the boutique!


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 Post subject: Re: Source for replacement bridge "saddles"?
 Post Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 3:30 am 
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Too cool. Any chance of posting a photo or two? Describe your tools and basically how you're fabricating these? If it's not too much trouble. Stuff like this is always interesting. Maybe some other guys are interested, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Source for replacement bridge "saddles"?
 Post Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 6:46 am 
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maxwell wrote:
Too cool. Any chance of posting a photo or two? Describe your tools and basically how you're fabricating these? If it's not too much trouble. Stuff like this is always interesting. Maybe some other guys are interested, too.


I was planning to take some pics of the end result. It may be a few more days as these are somewhat time consuming, and I have other projects around the house I'm working on.

As far as tools go, I'm using a hacksaw (32 teeth/per-inch), drill press, bench grinder, dremel tool, vice, and some files, sandpaper etc. I drill and tap the hole for the intonation screw before I cut the saddle off the full bar of metal. That way, once I cut the saddle off the bar, I just have to tweak it to get the size right (around 3/8" wide). I also cut the saddle a little wider at first, and then grind/file/sand it down to get the exact width I want. Right now I have all the saddles on the bridge with the tops filed/sanded for the correct radius, and then remove them one by one to get them crowned (angled) like the factory look.

One thing that's slowing me down is I don't have the right tap for the intonation holes, so I have to use the "screw method" of threading the hole. I'm still using the original RIC screws, even though they are a pain (allen-head). Before I do the next bridge on the John Kay Ric, I'm going to find a correct tap to speed up the process.


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 Post subject: Re: Source for replacement bridge "saddles"?
 Post Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 12:39 pm 
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Thanks! We look forward to a photo or two.


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 Post subject: Re: Source for replacement bridge "saddles"?
 Post Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 6:27 pm 
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Finished the 360 bridge, but I can't get a photo to load on this website. So far nothing I've tried works. Will try again tomorrow.


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