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Bendmaster Dlx saddles

Post by danh on Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:23 pm

Hi all,

Yep another new member, another trem question.

Bought just over a year ago a Concord bass to mess about on, and been impressed so when a Spectrum 6 string came upon eBay I succumbed. Took the risk on a bit of a battered guitar, but is actually in better nick than I feared.

Anyway, the question is are the saddles supposed to spin? Not vital either way as a bit of oil will do the job. There's a lot if gunk I've cleared away but can't tell if I need to keep going or not.

Can anyone help?

Cheers,

Dan

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Re: Bendmaster Dlx saddles

Post by corsair on Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:58 pm

Hi there, Dan - welcome to the wholly infuriating world of the Bendmaster Deluxe! I asked the same question many years ago on another forum and was told that they should but having taken quite a few saddles to bits now, I'm not convinced; I think having a nice round saddle for the string to wobble over is enough - having it rotate would perhaps be overkill. The fit of said saddles in the housing is extremely tight and on one set that I pulled to bits, I polished the saddles and the inside of the housing and they were still much too tight to rotate so I actually very lightly ground the saddles - with cutting compound, not a grinder!! - and still no turning so I'll assume that they aren't actually designed to rotate but I could be wrong!

They aren't all that hard to get to bits if you wanna try it; the saddle is held in by a very small rollpin which you need to drift out. I designed and built a wee jig which held the housing solidly and allowed the pin to move out and drop. You also need to buy or make a very thin needle punch to drift it!!

Be aware, too, that all of the saddles are at differing heights to allow for the fretboard radius; mark 'em as you take them off!!

http://forum.westoneguitars.net/technical-f3/bendmaster-deluxe-t553.htm#4461

Now, what sort of Spectrum and Concord, do you have and are you gonna share pix with us in here?! Very Happy


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Re: Bendmaster Dlx saddles

Post by Steve777 on Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:10 pm

Totally agree with John. Every Bendmaster I had to bits for routine maintenance (not often I hasten to add) had fixed rollers. Works for me !

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Re: Bendmaster Dlx saddles

Post by danh on Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:09 pm

That's fantastic - cheers for the replies. I'll not scrub any more with my wire wool if that is how it is meant to be. And ta for the link - I'd picked up that tip from the forum and marked each with a marker pen, which was a bit of golden advice.

You want to see them? I'll get some pics and post later once I've restrung the Spectrum.


Cheers again!


Dan

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Re: Bendmaster Dlx saddles

Post by corsair on Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:41 pm

danh wrote:You want to see them?

well, yeah!!! That's what we live for here!! Laughing

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Re: Bendmaster Dlx saddles

Post by corsair on Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:03 pm

OK, here's what we're on about...



...I found that to drive the tiny wee pins out, I needed to make a custom-fitted saddle shaped jig to support it as you flail away with a hammer. I made mine from a bit of scrap hardwood I had lying about by placing the saddle on the wood, drawing around it and then judicious use of a drill and a Stanley knife was able to make something that wasn't terrifically pretty but worked! You have to remember to drill a deeper hole where the pin is going to drive out...

easy peasy.. Very Happy

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Re: Bendmaster Dlx saddles

Post by danh on Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:58 pm

Think I've decided to let them stay as they are!

Seems to work ok as is.

Will have to get some pics up of my two. Won't have time for a week or so unfortunately. Bear with me...

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