Pre-Metric Saddle Height Screw Size L2500 Saddle Lock

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Pre-Metric Saddle Height Screw Size L2500 Saddle Lock

Postby 2cooltoolz » Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:28 pm

Hey all.

I've been taking advantage of this "shut-down" time to catch up on some overdue projects. I bought my 2003 L2500 about a year ago, and have been promising ever since to replace this piece of DIY "engineering" left me by the previous owner. I don't seem to be able to find what size height adjustment screw these used. I do know G&L switched to metric in around 2008, so I am pre-that :D .

I contacted G&L, and was told they would send me some, gratis, but that never happened, and I don't want to be pushy.

If anyone knows the diameter, length, and pitch of this screw, or where I could buy some...appreciated. (Not the wrench size.)

Thanks!

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Re: Pre-Metric Saddle Height Screw Size L2500 Saddle Lock

Postby Ken Baker » Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:09 pm

PM'd you.

Also, you might consider either stringing your bass thru-body or doing our bridge mod. Two screws aren't enough to hold the bridge down with any reliability. G&L recommends thru-body for those 5 stringers that allow it. The bridge mod allows you to use plain old 34" scale strings and you get a big bump in sustain.

Failing my PM, I recall that the height adjusters are 6-32 (diameter & pitch) by probably 1/2" to 5/8" length. I recall. And I'm an old fart with a mind like a sieve. Or a colander.

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Re: Pre-Metric Saddle Height Screw Size L2500 Saddle Lock

Postby 2cooltoolz » Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:23 pm

Thanks Ken!

PM received and replied! I am aware of the bridge mod and am torn. I'll probably do it; I certainly understand the hazards and benefits. I really don't care for string thru, mostly due to the break angle, so the mod is the way to go. I've done a lot of mods and built several parts basses, but this is the "specialest :D " bass I've owned and it's hard to pull the trigger on a mod.

Thanks again for the info and the PM!!
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Re: Pre-Metric Saddle Height Screw Size L2500 Saddle Lock

Postby Ken Baker » Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:45 pm

The thing about the bridge mod is that it's totally reversible. If removed, no one would know it had been there.

Replied to your PM.

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Re: Pre-Metric Saddle Height Screw Size L2500 Saddle Lock

Postby 2cooltoolz » Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:32 pm

Ken Baker wrote:The thing about the bridge mod is that it's totally reversible.
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I'm convinced! Bridge mod parts are ordered!!
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Re: Pre-Metric Saddle Height Screw Size L2500 Saddle Lock

Postby 2cooltoolz » Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:54 pm

Did it!

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Re: Pre-Metric Saddle Height Screw Size L2500 Saddle Lock

Postby Ken Baker » Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:29 pm

WooHoo!

How does it play?

For me, it increases sustain and made the upper positions sound brighter and less muffled.

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Re: Pre-Metric Saddle Height Screw Size L2500 Saddle Lock

Postby Larry Mal » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:56 am

Can I get in on this also? I have a 1999 L1500, four string, and I just shimmed the neck because I laid the saddles flat and still the action was a little higher than I wanted.

However, now the saddles are in fact sitting tall and proud, maybe too tall. I would like to add some longer height adjustment screws but don't know exactly what the specs are for them.

I see the ones I have are about 10mm 3/8" in length, if I could get closer to 1/2" that would be wonderful (or about 12-13mm I guess).
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Re: Pre-Metric Saddle Height Screw Size L2500 Saddle Lock

Postby Ken Baker » Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:21 am

Larry Mal wrote:However, now the saddles are in fact sitting tall and proud, maybe too tall. I would like to add some longer height adjustment screws but don't know exactly what the specs are for them.


You'll probably need to remove some shim thickness. Remember that a little bit goes a long way. Also, read this if you haven't already read it.

Baseline saddle height would have 1/8" between the E saddle and the bridge plate, a little more under the A string, about 3/32" under the D string, and a bit less than that under the G string. Fine tune from there. Keep all the saddles parallel to the bridge plate and finish by snugging up the saddle lock screw.

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Re: Pre-Metric Saddle Height Screw Size L2500 Saddle Lock

Postby Larry Mal » Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:37 pm

Thanks Ken- it turns out I might not need the shim after all.

I'll still give all that a good read, though- seems like a lot of great information all put together. I appreciate it.
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