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Where Can I Find Replacement Bridge Height Saddle Screws For My Jtv-69s?


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#1 scodges81

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:43 AM

My screws are stripped out, though I've been careful.  Can someone with the right tools and interest-level take the screw measurement so we know the specs?  I need to find some better ones.

 

Thank you for any of your help!


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#2 Charlie_Watt

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:37 AM

Remove one that is not stripped and take it with you to a good hardware store that has metric setscrews.  Relieve the string tension before moving those screws and I would replace them all because the originals are junk and the  tools that come with the JTV are garbage.


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#3 cruisinon2

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:49 AM

Remove one that is not stripped and take it with you to a good hardware store that has metric setscrews.  Relieve the string tension before moving those screws and I would replace them all because the originals are junk and the  tools that come with the JTV are garbage.

 

Jeez...why do I get the feeling that I'm gonna be replacing the whole bridge at some point, if not an entire transplant? :wacko:


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#4 Charlie_Watt

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:25 AM

Replacing the screws isn't a big deal.  For a few pennies per screw you can have decent ones that won't give you problems.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:45 AM

Replacing the screws isn't a big deal.  For a few pennies per screw you can have decent ones that won't give you problems.

 

Oh I know...just seems the list of sub-standard parts keeps growing. Already considering a different neck, as the nut spacing is absurdly small for me. Do most of my playing on a custom build that has the widest neck I've ever seen on an 6 string electric guitar, and a nearly flat...almost classical guitar radius...so this has been quite an adjustment for me. Some things I just flat out cannot play below the 4th or 5th fret.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 08:02 PM

It has been my experience that those types of set screws are really hard to find at your normal hardware store. I have had to purchase some for fender guitars. I recommend you check out these guys. The seem to have everything.  http://www.allparts....e-height-screws


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#7 scodges81

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 07:58 PM

Thank you all for your help. I looked at the AllParts link. Unfortunately most all of them are flat-bottomed, and I need pointy-bottomed screws.

Anyone know if Warmoth has a transplant option?
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#8 toneman2121

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 03:56 AM

i was wondering how you can tell the screws are flat rather than a shallow cone shape, i can't see the bottom. anyway, i know home depot carries set screws of all sizes and shapes 


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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:20 PM

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either way, flat or shallow-cone-shaped, I would need a sharp conical end for the screws to keep in track with the fine grooves on the trem plate.  This is what keeps the bridge saddles equidistant from one another, and I would want to make sure they remain that way.  Also, the one set of screws that were the right height, were described in standard measurement.

 

I looked into the Ghost system saddles, just to replace all the saddles altogether, but it's just frustrating that if Line 6 were actually thinking about it's customers, they would have provided extras, or provided an easy way to find replacement parts, or just make it well in the first place.  My wrench is even stripped.  Really cheap parts anyway, to cheapen the wrench and screws even more with softer metal.


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#10 Charlie_Watt

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 01:32 PM

First thing I did when I got my JTV 69S is to throw out the wrenches that came with it.  I have a real good set of both Metric and SAE alan wrenches that I use.


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#11 scodges81

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:13 AM

Yeah, I have some good alan wrenches as well :) .  I work for a local luthier here in ATX and we've got some good stuff!  Anyway, I've heard the GraphTech Ghost saddles may have less quack, but they are made where they are butted up right next to each other, so warble (especially on alt tunings) is supposed to be worsened.

 

I guess, to add, it would also be less frustrating if the saddles didn't shift every time I replace the strings, making it imperative to have to re-adjust them.  I find that I like the JTV69s more now that I've gotten used to Workbench HD and have finally manipulated a nice sound out of the guitar, but the saddles make a bad name for all of the other parts that work decent.  :)


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#12 Charlie_Watt

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:57 AM

I have not had any problems with the stock saddles on my 69S.  I don't know if they have changed the bridge since they first introduced the JTV's - mine is fairly new.


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 12:49 PM

Mine was bought Summer 2013.  I mean I really use the tremolo, like EVH did when he originally used the vintage Fender trem.  I will say though, the guitar stays in tune really well.  +1 on that.


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