Tunings & String Gauges

What tunings are supported?

Any tuning can be supported since each string is tuned by the player. However, the standard EverTune saddles, that come with the bridge, have a tension range of nominally 10 – 28 pounds, and definitely 11 – 26 pounds.

We also sell low tension saddles that go from 6 - 18 pounds and high tension saddles that go from 15 - 45 pounds. People can buy these here if they have string gauges and tunings that need very high and very low tensions.

Standard Saddles nominally 10 - 28 pounds.
Low Tension Saddles nominally 8 - 22 pounds.
High Tension Saddles nominally 15 - 45 pounds.

The standard tension saddles, that come with the bridge, cover about 80% of common tuning string gauge combinations.

So how do we know what tensions we need for our specific tunings and string sizes?

The first step to deciding which saddle is right for a certain tuning range is to use our String Tension Gauge Calculator.

It will calculate tensions for given string sizes and recommend which saddle is right.

String Tension Gauge Calculator

What string gauges are supported?

The EverTune saddles can fit strings up to 074 size.

Some customers have had success drilling the saddles with an 3/32 inch solid carbide drill bit, a good clamping system for the saddle to drill, and a stable drill press with table. The bit must be solid carbide because the saddle is hardened steel. And the maximum size possible is 3/32 inch.

Although it has been done, it is difficult and we do not recommend it.

Our factory has recently widened the hole to fit strings up to 085 size. If you require such a saddle, please leave a comment with your order or contact us.

What types of strings should I use?

Coated versus Uncoated:

We recommend coated strings.

This is because rust (oxidation) actually adds weight to the strings.

The effect of this extra weight is seen over the first few days to one week as the pitch may drop slightly (5 – 15 cents) and very gradually. With coated strings this tension drop is usually avoided. Without coated strings it is easy enough to re-tune slightly every couple days until the rust coating covers the string.

Wound versus Unwound:

We recommend wound strings when possible.

Especially in the range of sizes 016 – 026 (usually the G string). Wound strings are more flexible, and interact better with our constant tension saddles.

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