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Filling a Saddle Slot - Rickenbacker 360/12

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Hi Folks,

I've got an early 80s Rickenbacker 360/12 with an interesting, "custom" 12 saddle bridge (see below). It's not one of the kinds you can buy now, the saddles are quite different, so I can't just swap in a new one. The issue is the high E string saddle is cut a bit too low, part my fault, I asked a shop to cut it lower because it was making some buzz and I thought the saddle needing some cleaning. I was wrong to ask for that I guess and now it's too low.

Ideally I'd like to fill the slot and re-cut it. I can't flip the saddle around or flip it upside down because based on where the hole is drilled for the adjuster post, it's not symmetrical, and the saddle is too small to flip it and tap a new hole. My options are to fill the slot, or cut a new slot next to it, which would also change my string spacing, although possibly minimally.

Any ideas for filling it? Would simple solder do the trick?

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That's a tough one.  

Rick doesn't seem to sell a replacement saddle for that era anymore.  The expensive option is to replace the whole bridge, obviously not ideal.  

Can you shim up the bridge till the high e is where you like it? You'd have to deepen the slots on the other saddles though.

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Call the Hall's at Rickenbacker and they will have you send in the old saddle and after you play them, they will get you a new one. You can start from scratch.

These guys might be helpful too.

http://www.pickofthericks.com/

 

 

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What about removing the individual saddle and glue a little shim on the bottom? Same effect without messing with the slot. 

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22 hours ago, badpenguin said:

I would recommend JB Weld, sorta a crazy glue/epoxy for metal. Mix, fill, and re-file.

This on the bottom would be really easy. 

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