Highwood Vintage Contoured Strat Saddles

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Highwood Vintage Contoured Strat Saddles

Highwood saddles are one of our favorite upgrades for the Fender Stratocaster. They can be installed in minutes with just a small upcharge to a standard setup.

Fender Vintage Style Saddles

Fender Vintage Saddles on a Stratocaster

Fender “vintage style” stamped saddles have been used for decades on Stratocasters and many other S-style guitars. Made of bent steel, they are highly adjustable and posses a classic look.

However, for some playing styles, these saddles have a major drawback. Even when properly adjusted, the saddle height adjustment screws often extend well above the top of the saddle!

Players that like to palm mute, or rest their hand on the bridge, while playing have experienced the discomfort that comes from the sharp screw tops pressing against the fleshy palm of their hand.

For many years, the best available “fix” for this problem was to vary the adjustment screw sizes so that the outer saddles used smaller screws than those in the center. While this can help reign in extreme cases, it does not address the fundamental issue! Fortunately, the folks at Highwood Guitar Parts have re-engineered Leo Fenders original design to correct this problem.  

Highwood HG Contoured Saddles

Highwood Contoured Saddles

Highwood Guitars Parts HG Contoured Vintage Guitar Saddles are an upgraded replacement for Fender vintage style saddles. They retain the look and sound of the original Fender design with improvements to fit the demands of modern players. 

The key feature of these saddles is the redesigned curve at the front end. The front of the saddle bends underneath and is threaded at the bottom, rather than the top, to prevent the height adjustment screws from sticking out above the saddle! Highwood saddles are also notched for more accurate string placement and less movement.

Like the original, these saddles are made of steel for a familiar look and tone. In another clever move, the height adjustment and intonation screws are made out of stainless steel to prevent rust.

Feel The Difference


Fender Vintage Style Saddles


Highwood Vintage Countoured Saddles

Authorized Dealer of Highwood Guitar Parts

Guitar Repair Long Island is proud to carry these fine products.  

They are available in three sizes and two different finishes to match your instrument.

HG Countoured Vintage Saddles - GLOSS

Polished Nickel Finish
10,50 Gloss - 2-1/16" string spacing
10,80 Gloss - 2-1/8" string spacing
11,20 Gloss - 2-7/32" string spacing

HG Countoured Vintage Saddles - RELICED

Aged Nickel Finish
10,50 Reliced - 2-1/16" string spacing
10,80 Reliced - 2-1/8" string spacing
11,20 Reliced - 2-7/32" string spacing

About Guitar Repair Long Island

Guitar Repair Long Island is the area’s premier destination for fretted musical instrument care and maintenance. Led by owner/head technician Erik Salomon, the shop is dedicated to providing quick, honest, and reliable service. Our vast experience in all aspects of instrument repair ensures that we can help with whatever your needs are. Contact us with any questions or book your appointment today.

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