View Full Version : How do you mount a saddle?

03-26-2009, 09:55 AM
How exactly does the saddle stay in place on an instrument? Its probably a dumb question, but I'd like to know. Or is it he bridge? I think.
Yes, how is the bridge mounted?

03-26-2009, 10:47 AM
The bridge is usually glued in place. Sometimes they're held down with screws.

03-26-2009, 10:51 AM
The saddle is the straight flat strip that is inset into a groove in the bridge. It just sits there held down by the strings. Remove the strings and it should slide right out.

Not ALL bridges have a separate saddle, sometimes there is just an edge formed by the bridge.


03-26-2009, 11:34 AM
The tension from the stings wouldn't pull the bridge off?

03-26-2009, 11:56 AM
Normally, string tension is no match against glue adhesion. Sometimes a bridge will lift or come undone. Re-gluing a bridge is a relatively simple and common repair.

03-31-2009, 04:40 AM
The Hana Lima book shows string-through bridges, where the strings go into holes in the bridge and soundboard. A knot on the inside makes it stay there. It's a design that eliminates risk of bridge popping off, I use it since I'm chicken. Hard to reinstall a set of strings if you're comparing different though.