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    I am getting ready to string up my new mandolin, and realised the saddle is compensated in form, is there a right way/ wrong way this goes on? I looked at my last mando but I built it as well and may not have it right thanks
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    Default Re: the saddle

    Normally on well made saddles, treble side goes straight down on the front.

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    Pic? Question is unclear.

    Sounds like you are asking which way a compensated saddle goes on. On mass produced ones they are symmetrical so you can't get it wrong.
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    this is a stew mac bridge,and on review, the material on the top is thicker on one end, so maybe that is the bass side. I will try to get a picture

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    I got it on thick side for bass, for one hour old, new strings, it sounds pretty good. I put D'Adarrios EXP74's. I tried to compare it with my older one , but I realized, I cannot, the old one is 10 years old, and has silk and steel strings. this one is an hour old with th D.'s.. To my ears it is a little brighter then my other one. tomorrow, I will take some of the stuff I learned from Rob Meldrome 's set up e book, and dial her in. Bet I slaughtered his name, sorry Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurth83 View Post
    Pic? Question is unclear.

    Sounds like you are asking which way a compensated saddle goes on. On mass produced ones they are symmetrical so you can't get it wrong.
    Actually I've never seen that ever. They are close but not the same. I just looked at my $14.00 Irin, it's compensated.
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    Take a look at this thread.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Hah, always thought they were the same, I may have to check a few bridges now, doh.
    Trinity College TM325 Octave Mandolin (converted to 4-string tenor guitar).
    Eastman MD-605SB, MD-604SB, MD-305, all with Grover 309 tuners.
    Eastwood 4 string electric mandostang, 2x Airline e-mandola (4-string) one strung as an e-OM.
    DSP's: Helix HX Stomp, various Zooms.
    Amps: QSC-K10, DBR-10, THR-10, Sony XB-20.

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    what I noticed on my stew mac is you can reverse them and they are the same, but on one side where the strings come across, the woo is thicker, so again, I just used this as the bass side, thanks for your responses

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    There's a reason it's thicker and they really aren't the same.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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