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Micro-matic Bridge - Intonation

Hi Guys

I am a recent purchaser of a cherry '73 Hagstrom Viking 1N. Beautiful guitar. It is almost identical to the 871176 getting around on this website (http://www.hagstrom.org.uk/visstory/DavidFeight.htm),and very close in serial number.

Just wondering if anyone has experienced issues with intonating with this bridge? I do not have enough saddle travel to lengthen the string to where it needs to be.

I am using standard 9-46 strings.

Is there a way to remedy this? I am a regularly playing musician and I need a guitar that is going to intonate perfectly or close too.

Re: Micro-matic Bridge - Intonation

Hi Marlow,

Here are some viable options.

1. If you noticed, the saddle crown is asymmetrical on the block, so by turning it 180 degrees you may extend the reach.

2. Get a saddle block cut with a more offset crown to fit your requirement.

3. Replace the bridge mechanics outright to another one with more travel.

4. Pop the whole bridge off the guitar and have it reset or replaced.

5. Gauge up on your strings.

6. Play with a more bluesy feeling. ;-)

Keep on strömmin'
ATL

Re: Micro-matic Bridge - Intonation

Is the neck set up straight ?