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  • How to clean corroded saddles of X bridge?

    hi, really need help regarding this one. i've been using an X bridge for my vintage strat for 5 years now and noticed than my saddles have some sort of corrosion on it. how do i clean them? is there a way to fix it on my own? I also noticed that the high E string has low
    volume output compared to the others. what should i do? =(

  • #2
    Hi Adam,
    Once that metal is corroded, whether it's due to skin PH, weather, or something else, there really isn't a way to get them back to 100%. You could clean them with a light abrasive cloth, but you may also risk damaging the sensors if mishandled.

    If one of your saddles has lost some output, it may be related to a change in string pressure, or it could be a problem with the way that the sensor is seated in the saddle. Those would both be things to look for.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Caleb_Elling View Post
      Hi Adam,
      Once that metal is corroded, whether it's due to skin PH, weather, or something else, there really isn't a way to get them back to 100%. You could clean them with a light abrasive cloth, but you may also risk damaging the sensors if mishandled.

      If one of your saddles has lost some output, it may be related to a change in string pressure, or it could be a problem with the way that the sensor is seated in the saddle. Those would both be things to look for.
      ok got it, thanks so much caleb_elling, i'll look into it

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      • #4
        hi again caleb, once again i encounter the volume lost in my 1st E string saddle, but this time i tried cleaning it and tried to lift the tiny sensor on the saddle and i accidentaly cut the wire. now i've got a bigger problem, can it be fixed if i bring it to a luthier? can it be resoldered? or i have to buy a new set of x bridge? tia

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        • #5
          The individual sensor can be replaced, so you won't have to replace the entire bridge. You will have to take it to a shop in order to get a replacement sensor though.

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