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    Here was the original problem:

    Interchangable bridge saddles?

    I wonder if anyone can answer this question. I have a PS Angelus that has a very thick, chunky neck....as a matter of fact, looking at the headstock...it could be an "acoustic santana" with the shape of the headstock and the thickness of the neck comparable to a Santana 1.

    In comparison, my Angelus SE custom has a much thinner neck....with what appear to be lighter gauge strings....and resultant MUCH lower action.

    So...here is the question....the PS Angelus does not have an adjustable Truss Rod...and the action is just a wee too high for my comfort level. Ideally, if the action of the PS were the same as the action on the SE I'd be very happy. So, is it possible to swap the bridge saddles of the two guitars? I am thinking that the saddle on the SE might be a bit lower...and if it is the same, this would be the saddle I'd slightly shave down to get the action on the PS where I want it to be. After all...if I'm going to F-up a saddle, I'd rather do it to the SE than the PS.

    Does anyone know if the saddles are the same width/length? Ideally, if I can just remove the strings and put the SE's saddle in the PS, I can then play around with it until I get the action the way I want it. I don't want to be shaving the PS saddle, or otherwise messing it up. On the otherhand, I'm not too afraid of messing up the saddle from the SE.

    In a prior thread, Les had noted that many acoustic players keep two saddles for the warm and cold months to accomodate slight changes due to the temperature. So, I guess this is a very long way of asking if the SE saddle would fit into the PS prior to my "making adjustments".

    I just realized that I probably spent more time writing this thread than it would have taken to remove/loosen the strings on both guitars and see for myself...but, maybe this issue is of interest to more owners than just myself, so any comments and thoughts are appreciated. Ultimate goal..adjusting the action on the PS without having to send it down to PTC....and if necessary, temporarily sacrificing the saddle from the SE to accomplish this task and eventually buying a replacement saddle for the SE.

    Thanks for making it all the way through this convoluted thread.



    Here was the solution:

    Changed the strings last night from the ones it came with (probably 11's) to 8's.....much lower action, but a bit too tinny, so I will swap back to 9's....but, demonstrates that the action was fine, and I was just too much of a wus with the higher gauge strings.

    Oh well.
    Last edited by docbennett; 08-03-2012 at 07:59 AM.

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