I have a Strat knock-off with a hard-tail offset-saddle bridge. I occasionally hear a"clinking" noise...just one, mostly on the unwound 1st 2nd and 3rd, when increasing pitch. I use Peterson clip-on strobe to get it just right. When the "clink" is heard, the pitch increases the pitch just a tad too much so the string over-shoots the desired mark.
I've replaced the standard saddles with Graph-tech originals, but I still heard the clink and have the tuning problems. Next, I re-strung the guitar with Fender bullets, in case the ball-ends were the problems. Still, the noise. Being offset, the strings pull the saddles side-ways a little, finding their resting spots. The strings then all touch the side of their saddles and there's always the possibility that the machine screws or their ball-point pen type springs are making the noise.
Would you suggest I switch to center-designed saddles set so the offsets are eliminated or buy a new bridge without the offset, or a third option? This is starting to drive me nuts!