How to Remove Guitar Saddle without Restringing
You may want to remove your saddle, either to measure or make adjustments. Yet, you may also not want to completely restring your guitar. The good news is that you can remove your saddle and keep your strings. Below are the steps to accomplish this.
Slack the Strings
Before doing this, we advise the that you place microfiber cloths on your guitar’s top. Once these are in place, unwind your strings via the tuning machines – about ten turns of the button. You should slack each string so that you can easily pull it up an inch away from the fretboard, yet it still remains wound on the tuning peg.
Place Capo at Tenth Fret
After each string is slack, clamp a capo over all the strings at the tenth fret to keep them in place.
Remove Pins and Strings
Because you have enough string slack, you can now remove each bridge pin and string from the bridge, yet the string will remain in place at the nut and wound on the tuning peg. The capo will keep the string from flying loose at the nut.
Gather Strings Together
Once you have removed each string, gather them together into a circle and wind together so the ball ends are secure. This will keep the strings manageable and reduce the chance of scratches to your guitar’s body.
You should now be able to access your guitar’s saddle to remove it. If you encounter any difficulties, please see our page on how to remove a tight guitar saddle. Once you’re finished working on your saddle, replace the strings into the bridge, insert the bridge pins, remove the capo, and tighten the strings to pitch.