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Why is my guitar's saddle at an angle?

I think my acoustic has a bridge that makes each string a slightly different length, and I'm assuming an adjustable bridge does the same thing. Doesn't a slight change to tuning of each string have the same effect, or is it something to do with temperament?

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@Alex - you're right, that's exactly the question I was trying to ask. Can someone close my duplicate question? –  Anonymous Jan 23 '11 at 23:38
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marked as duplicate by Matthew Read May 28 '11 at 15:09

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Here is all you need to know about why the bridge on your acoustic is angled: Why is my guitar's saddle at an angle?

An adjustable bridge on an electric guitar is exactly the same, but is adjustable so that it is easier to adjust the intonation settings when strings are changed or a heavier/lighter string gauge is used on the guitar.

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