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Callaham Guitars

Callaham Stratocaster Saddle Set, American Series (Center Screw)

Callaham Stratocaster Saddle Set, American Series (Center Screw)

Regular price $40.00 USD
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  • Country of Manufacture: USA
  • String Spacing: 2-1/16" (2.062" / 52.4mm)
  • Nickel-plated steel
  • Fits Fender American Standard Stratocaster (2008 and later)

Callaham's saddles are designed from original pre-CBS saddles, with some improvements. Callaham has slightly lengthened the string slot as compared to pre-CBS saddles, so that the strings will not bind and bend against a sharp edge before going over the saddles, which reduces string breakage. Fender's current production saddles have their slots moved too far to the rear, causing string breakage and loss of downward pressure on the saddle, hurting both sustain and tone.

Callaham's saddles, like pre-CBS saddles, have threads running the entire height of the front skirt of the saddle. Fender's current production saddles have fewer threads and a shorter front skirt. Consequently, the Callaham height-adjustment screws are held more securely, with more thread contact, maintaining sustain and saddle stability.

There is a commonly-held belief that pre-CBS saddles were hardened, but Callaham states that every pre-CBS saddle they've tested measures on average only 50 Rockwell B. Callaham has chosen steel with a hardness of 95-98 Rockwell B for their saddles. Further, the steel work-hardens in the making of the saddle and is well over 115 Rockwell B where the string crosses.

Note that the Callaham saddles come with different spring lengths and height-adjustment screws, it's important that you install them in the right places:

  • E: short spring, short screws
  • A: long spring, long screws
  • D: long spring, long screws
  • G: short spring, long screws
  • B: long spring, long screws
  • E: long spring, short screws
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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews

Love them!!

Robert Dipietro (rdip2872)

Fit and sound great

Brian Kaplan (coolrides59)

Better than your average saddle

Eric Curley
Solid replacement

Swapped out worn saddles on a Vintera modified Strat. Tried official Fender American replacements but found them a bit thin and they all had the same post height. Very impressed with these Callaham saddles - shorter posts for the E strings, and even shorter springs for the low side plus a more snug fit and support for the posts in general. Great product!

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