Below the translation of the above Review in Dutch Guitar Magazine: Gitarist
5 Stars ***** (highest possible score)
We liked: The innovative idea, high quality manufacturing, and the way it works
What we didn’t like: Nothing
Many Guitarists prefer Classic bend Steel bridge Saddles on their Stratocaster.
They look great and give authentic Tone. There is however a problem every user is familiar with: the 2 Screws used to adjust Saddle (and string) height protrude above these Saddles. These protruding Screws irritate Players hands, or many times even cause bleeding hand-palm injuries.
Piet Laan and Marcel Dam of Highwood Instruments have thought of a simple and very elegant solution to this problem: their Saddles bend backwards at the position of these screws. The height adjustable screws not only feed through threaded holes from the top of their Saddles but also through threaded holes in the lower part that is bend backwards. The screws no longer protrude, not even when the Saddles are adjusted in the lowest (low and high E string) position.
Turning both screws clockwise will raise Saddle (String) height: this results in screws that will only go deeper and therefore away from the top of the Saddle. Ideal !
There are several different Saddle widths available that can be used for just about any kind of fixed or tremolo bridge. The Saddles are beautiful and accurately produced and have a string notch in them that provide easier string bending and support of the string. Our .010 set fitted perfectly and according to Highwood the diameter of the notch is chosen in such a way that even thicker gauge strings fit in perfectly. The sound of these Saddles is excellent and playing with these Saddles is wonderful. Strumming, picking near the bridge and palm muting: it is no longer a problem.
Why did nobody else thought of this before…(?)
Tom Anderson, Fender Guitars and stratocasters
Our ergonomic saddles fit almost all Fender and Stratocaster guitars, telecasters and most guitar bridges.
Tom Anderson Guitarworks has shown our saddles as new improvement on the NAMM 2018. Tom is also in favour of our saddles and we love it, see
Also a nice picture of Tom Anderson showing another guitar with our Highwood saddles on the NAMM 2018
New 10.8 mm / 0.425 inch width saddles
Our bridge saddles also fit almost any strat bridge. Originally we had the “old” 10.8 mm / 0.425 inch width saddles: these have the height adjustable M3 screw too far inwards and as a result don’t prefectly fit the grooves – made in the Gotoh 510 base plate – under both (outer) E saddles. But we made new 10.8 mm saddles with the correct screw spacing that do fit perfectly. These newly produce 10.8 mm saddles are what we would sell from now on. In every set of 6 saddles the outer two in the package are fit for the Gotoh 510. The olf saddles also fit if one the screws is in the groove and the other one is adjusted to fit on the base plate. We listen to our customers so we made this adjustment for even better fit.
Ergonomic benefits from our saddles on bridges
Just RSI-problems because of holding your hand and handpalm in a way to avoid hurting it means guitar players are not playing unfreely which may cause strain injuries. There are many articles to find about for example:
Hand palm injuries playing guitar
What to know about ergonomics and playing a guitar
Ergonomices and electric guitars