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I want to raise the action a tad of my Schecter Omen Extreme 6, because there is a bit of fret buzz on the 5th fret 1st string, and a bit around the higher frets as well (same string). But I know that if you raise the action, your intonation will go out of whack and I know that you have to raise it to sharpen it, so what do I do if I need to raise it but the saddles are already touching the bridge and can't go any further?

Also tell me if any more pictures or information is needed and I will update it asap.enter image description here

  • In that photo, is the neck of the guitar at the top of the photo or the bottom? – Todd Wilcox Aug 21 '15 at 1:11
  • The neck is at the top. – Cuculoco Aug 21 '15 at 5:54
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    That setup looks very wrong to me. Are you absolutely sure your neck isn't bowed, either forwards or back? Ot have you changed the guitar over to a very heavy string gauge? (At this stage I'm just looking for reasons why it's gone so wrong.) – Andy Aug 21 '15 at 6:24
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    @Andy - I very much doubt that the intonation is correctly set. I've never seen saddles in a row like those - unless the guitar's come to me for setting up! – Tim Aug 21 '15 at 9:15
  • The intonation isn't the problem. It's the fret buzz. The gauge has been standard 10 always, I'll have to check the neck though. Yea, I took it in to get "set up", waste of money and time I'd say. – Cuculoco Aug 21 '15 at 9:33
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Unscrew a saddle so that the screw comes out completely. Turn the saddle through 180 degrees, and replace. It'll give another 2 or 3 mm of adjustment. The intonation looks a little out to me, as B strings are usually longer than the 1st and 3rd.To raise the action, use the two screws at either side of the bridge. Moving saddles tends to change the intonation rather than the string height.

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    Intonation isn't 'raised or lowered'. It's adjusted. The length of each string needs to be adjusted, there are answers on how to do it on this site. If the saddle is at the bridge end, and cannot move any closer to the nut ( to shorten the string more), then by turning the triangular saddle round, the tip of it, which the string goes over, will be closer to the nut. – Tim Aug 21 '15 at 6:05
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    Tacking the saddles out of the bridge should not be done. The bridge is on backwards. – Todd Wilcox Aug 21 '15 at 23:24
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...or...

Simple unstring, pull up the bridge (nothing holds it) and rotate 180 degree and put down. As I see current the nut in high E is wide enough to fit even the low E string. I risk the hypothesis that now the bridge is (accidentally) rotated compared to the factory at some past repair action.

You win:

  • All your saddles will rotated.
  • One extra millimeter for all strings
  • your screws will be accessed from neck/pickup side which may (or may not) convenient than current opposite side

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