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Offline foxglove16

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D10SCE uneven string balance plugged in
« on: July 12, 2012, 03:36:50 PM »
What would cause uneven string balance when plugged in ? My low E is a lot louder than my hi E. I tried sanding the bridge flatter, same thing and when I turned the bridge around for the heck of it the hi E was louder than the low E. I dont get it. Any idea's suggestion's ?

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Re: D10SCE uneven string balance plugged in
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2012, 05:15:24 PM »
The white piece you removed and sanded is actually the saddle.  The bridge is the wooden piece the saddle sits in.

Good move to remove the saddle, flipped it as a test.  Since the problem reversed itself it's pretty clear you have a dead spot in the saddle.  Not unheard of.  Go to http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Nuts,_saddles/Acoustic_bridge_saddles.html and look thru the options.  Pick the saddle that most closely matches the dimensions of yours and simply replace it.  You will need to do a bit of sanding to get the action right.  This is not a hard job.

I'd also suggest that since you need to replace the saddle anyway, get a TUSQ, Micarta or bone saddle.  The acoustic tone should improve.  Most players feel bone is the best option.


Here is a bit more info re: saddles and action.

http://frets.com/FretsPages/Musician/Guitar/Setup/Saddle/saddle01.html
http://frets.com/FretsPages/Musician/Guitar/Setup/LowerAction/loweraction01.html

 

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Re: D10SCE uneven string balance plugged in
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2012, 06:49:26 PM »
Thanks evenkeel, Yeah I removed the saddle not the bridge. Even though the saddle is flat there can still be a dead spot in that part of the saddle? that's strange. So a new saddle should do the trick ? I like the guitar, paid $149 with case and it's in excellent condition so if I need to do a few improvements that's ok. I think it's a 2003 since the serial begins with SI3. Thanks again !