Could you explain the
different types of saddles and the
effect on intonation? Some are straight and some are
uses a compensation for the B, LOWDEN uses a split bridge that looks
just compensating for the B? I have a steel string guitar
with just a
slanted one piece saddle and it has real problems with the B
also have a nylon string or classical guitar and it doesn't seem to
Thanks for any explanation. Robert Jacob
Sometimes it is possible to use only ONE piece of bone, etc. for a saddle. To the right is an example of this. The luthier or manufacturer will file away or mold a piece to make the string length right. If the piece is placed right and filed/molded right, only one piece is needed to get fairly good intonation. If you look carefully under the second string from the right (B String) there is a slight bevel under there. You should see the intonated saddle on my 12 string. It's looks like a sidewinder snake under the strings.
Two or three pieces may be used depending on personal taste and it gives the luthier more area to work with.
Nylon string guitars don't need this as much because the strings are all pretty much the same diameter. That's why the saddles aren't slanted. To the right is an example of this.
Bob, Gman ( o )==#
Two Piece Saddle
Three Piece Saddle
Straight Nylon String Saddle
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