Got an old favourite that’s a little broken? This is a bit of an old clunker, but it’s probably got sentimental value to someone, so it can be fixed.
Only having half a bridge saddle is one problem…
and half a nut..
I’m going to make a new saddle from bone.
Likewise the nut.
The blanks are just a little too large so it’s a case of gently grinding them down to fit.
Once it fits snugly in the slot I need to take the height down a little, otherwise the playing action will be too high.
With the saddle done the next step is the nut. As with the bridge it’s a case of getting the dimensions right.
Starting with the length.
Making sure the ends are square.
That’s about it…..
As with the bridge, I need to get the height right or it’ll be unplayable.
With a slant on the back.
While the strings are off I always like to give the frets a bit of a polish.
All it needs now are some string slots.
And, of course, strings.
There we go, better than new. Bone nut and saddle rather than cheap plastic.
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