Acoustic Guitar Saddle Direction

Look for the B Compensation

Many acoustic saddles will have compensation for the B string. To determine what type of compensation pattern your saddle has, look at your saddle’s pattern, then view our page at the following link: saddle compensation patterns. If you have a B compensated or B compensated with slanted bass saddle, then you just need to ensure that your saddle’s B compensation is correctly aligned under your B string. 

Bone Saddle - Fits Many Larrivee Guitars - 11 mm Height 1
Larrivee-style Saddle with B Compensation

Treble E Forward, Bass E Back

With other types of saddle compensation patterns, such as Fully Compensated, Wave Compensated, or Zig Zag Compensated, saddles will typically have the treble E sitting forward closer to the soundhole, whereas the bass E will sit back closer to your guitar’s bridge

Fully Compensated Guitar Saddle with 16 Inch Radius
Fully Compensated - Treble E Sits Forward, Bass E Back

Saddle Bass E Taller than Treble E

Another way to determine correct guitar saddle direction is to compare your saddle’s end heights. The bass E end is often about 1 mm taller than the treble E end is. If true for your saddle, then align the taller end under your bass strings. If you have a non-compensated saddle, this may be key to determining your acoustic guitar saddle direction.

Compensated bone saddle for Martin guitar front view
Martin-Style Saddle with Bass E Taller than Treble E

View Our Guitar Saddle Installation Instructions

Please visit our Acoustic Guitar Saddle Installation Instructions. The first page shows common different saddle types with the side that should face toward your guitar’s soundhole.