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I’m trying to adjust my bass guitar bridge but my bridge is quite different compared to the bridges in online tutorials. I tried to find the name of my bridge but I can’t seem to find it.

If anyone can tell me the name and how to adjust the saddle height and the intonation it would be appreciated.

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  • Bridge height should be adjustable by the grub screws in the bridge riders. I cannot tell from this image if there is any way of adjusting the position of the riders. Maybe you can include a picture without strings?
    – Lazy
    Commented Nov 22, 2022 at 11:14
  • I’ve never seen this kind of bridge before. Good question!! Commented Nov 22, 2022 at 15:23
  • What is the brand and model of the bass? Can you provide a full pic? Commented Nov 22, 2022 at 16:13
  • I believe the intonation screws may have been removed. Are there holes in the back of the bridge by where the ball ends go? Commented Nov 22, 2022 at 22:31
  • No, there are no holes on where the ball ends is. What is a riders? I'm sorry I'm not native in English and quite new to bass guitar parts. I will post additional pictures when I get home. Commented Nov 23, 2022 at 10:11

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Adjusting the saddle height is easy - just use an Allen key (hex key) on either side of the string to raise/lower.

The intonation is a little unusual, in that there is no screw to move the saddle back or forth. But - with the string loosened, it will slide back or forth easily, and stay in that position once the string is back under tension.

Bit of a pain, as you'll have to guess where it'll end up while the string is tuned, loosen it, slide the saddle to where you guess, tune up again, check against the 12th fret, and keep doing that until you're happy that it's in the correct place. Once done, though, it'll stay there until the string gets changed, and shouldn't need moving even when that happens, if the same gauge is used. Worth double checking though...

If it was my bass, I'd be swapping that bridge for a more comprehensive and easier to use bridge, which shouldn't break the bank, and be far less frustrating to set up.

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    If they really are free-to-slide as they look, you'll need to repeat the process every time you change strings - they look like they'll just fall out without a string to keep them in place. Weird setup.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Nov 22, 2022 at 11:37
  • @Tetsujin - good incentive to keep strings on a long time! Or mark them with a blob of something...
    – Tim
    Commented Nov 22, 2022 at 12:21
  • The fact that the saddle screws are diagonal and not side by side is also very strange. Commented Nov 22, 2022 at 16:17
  • @JohnBelzaguy - given that there's more meat centrally, it's a mystery. Although when it's all tight, it shouldn't matter. I'd still be sourcing a new bridge though.
    – Tim
    Commented Nov 22, 2022 at 16:43
  • I wonder if the intonation adjustment screws weren’t removed at some point. Another photo angle would confirm this or not. I think I can make out a hole below the ball end of the G string and in the saddle itself… Commented Nov 22, 2022 at 16:52

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