Strat Parts, Gilmour Black Strat, Loaded Strat Pickguard

CSS Horizontal Sub Menu

PayPal, MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover Payments Accepted
Important Information And Custom Manufactured Items, Details Here    ///    International Customers Must Read This Page Before Ordering

Intonating Your Stratocaster® Safely

This article is was created to assist you in understanding how to "safely" intonate your Strat to reduce the possibility of damage to your vintage style bent steel saddles and your intonation screws.

An issue we hear that can occur during intonation of Strat's with vintage style bent steel saddles is that the intonation screw threads in the saddles are stripped or the intonation screw threads are stripped.

This problem is created by attempting to move the saddle further back (away) from the neck without slacking or loosening the string tension that is holding the saddle firmly in place. With vintage style bent steel saddles there are very few threads in the thin material of the saddle that the intonation screw "screws" into and when excess force is applied to these threads when tightening the intonation screws to move the saddle back the threads give way and strip out and you ruin the saddle, the intonation screw or both.  If you do not loosen the string tension prior to attempting to tighten an intonation screw to move the saddle you will strip the threads in the saddle, the intonation screw or both.  So NEVER attempt to increase a string length by moving a saddle by tightening the intonation screw without first slacking the tension of the string you are intonating.  The saddle should be loose under the tension (or lack of) of the string before attempting to adjust the saddle with the intonation screw.

If you are working with a set of any vintage style bent steel saddles and find yourself saying the threads in the saddle for the intonation screw are stripped or the intonation screws are stripped....  Well, now you know what you did wrong to damage your saddle(s).


Navigation   Notices
  Home All prices are subject to change. All orders are subject to product availability. All prices are in USD.
OverDrive Custom Guitar Works reserves the right to cancel any order.

Fender®, Strat®, Stratocaster®, Tele® & Telecaster® are registered trademarks of the Fender Musical Instrument Corporation. OverDrive Custom Guitar Works is not affiliated with Fender Musical Instrument Corporation.

All content and photography are the sole property of OverDrive Custom Guitar Works and are not public domain.
Unauthorized duplication or usage of any content of the OverDrive Custom Guitar Works web site is strictly prohibited.

OverDrive Custom Guitar Works is an authorized Fender® parts and accessories dealer, authorized Seymour Duncan dealer and an authorized Allparts dealer.
  About Us
  Contact Us
  Policies & Returns
  USA Shipping Info
  International Shipping Info
  Site Map
  Follow Us
Connect With Us On FaceBook

9 am - 4 pm M-F
Pacific Time
OverDrive Custom Guitar Works Stratocaster Parts
      © 2009-2024 OverDrive Custom Guitar Works, Stockton, CA 95204 USA