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    Bridge/saddle replacement

    I have been thinking about adding a Guildsby to my X-170. I have what I think is the right one, but am wondering what would be the best bridge/saddle to use. I'm assuming the stock rosewood would need to be replaced by something that would allow the strings to glide across it better. Any suggestions?
    F212: 1964 ,AA: 1975 ,Mark V:1975 ,F50:1976, D-55,1979; X170:1986, F-40:2007, F512:2010, Godin ACS:1999, Giannini 7-string classical, Epi Korean Howard Roberts Custom:1995, Pawless Mesquite Special, 2012. My trio's site: http://bradbilljanet.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Little View Post
    I have been thinking about adding a Guildsby to my X-170. I have what I think is the right one, but am wondering what would be the best bridge/saddle to use. I'm assuming the stock rosewood would need to be replaced by something that would allow the strings to glide across it better. Any suggestions?
    I greatly prefer a roller bridge with a Bigsby. The one that's on my Starfire V is particularly nice and I believe is a Schaller which you can get here:

    https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and...er_Bridge.html

    I should point out that I have no idea if it will fir or work with the X170.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    I greatly prefer a roller bridge with a Bigsby. The one that's on my Starfire V is particularly nice and I believe is a Schaller which you can get here:

    https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and...er_Bridge.html

    I should point out that I have no idea if it will fir or work with the X170.
    Thanks, I've been looking at that one, have to do the measurements and see, but I think if it fits a Starfire, should fit the X-170.
    F212: 1964 ,AA: 1975 ,Mark V:1975 ,F50:1976, D-55,1979; X170:1986, F-40:2007, F512:2010, Godin ACS:1999, Giannini 7-string classical, Epi Korean Howard Roberts Custom:1995, Pawless Mesquite Special, 2012. My trio's site: http://bradbilljanet.blogspot.com/

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    The lower cost model X160T aka X161 had a Guildsby and a standard rosewood bridge.
    I used it like that for a while and didn't have any issues. I eventually replaced it with a bigsby bridge to brighten it up a bit.
    M

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    I like the Bigsby bridge

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    Depending on radius of the fretboard and required bridge height this might be also a solution? https://www.guitarfetish.com/Archtop...Base_p_98.html

    Or this: https://reverb.com/item/10860990-big...-guitar-bridge

    Ralf

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    Quote Originally Posted by parker_knoll View Post
    I like the Bigsby bridge
    Me too!

    -Dave-
    1962 F-20 Troubadour
    1970 M-75 Bluesbird
    1971 S-100 "Black Cherry"
    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
    1990 Nightbird Custom
    1999 X-170T
    2013 NS M-75 Aristocrat
    2016 NS S-200 T-bird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum Strummer View Post
    Me too!

    -Dave-
    And I thought I was the only one. Seriously, a Bigsby rocking bridge works better than anything else I've tried.
    DTC

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