Tech stuff

Dear Guitar Players,

Please let me explain what we have done and do in order to create the best possible true Vintage Saddles.

Back in the day Leo Fender designed his Stratocaster in such a clever way that it could be relatively easy mass produced. In that speedy production process it so happened that sometimes the best woods, pickups and hardware all came together on these view (now Vintage) *magic* Strats that have that exceptional Tone and playability that other Strats – made in the same period – to some degree don’t have. Steel for their Saddles in that period was bought from their Supplier in large quantities under the same Product Name, but these could differ slightly in both composition and hardness. This is confirmed by Callaham. Maybe some of you have read the Callaham website and what is said about Fender bent Steel Saddles regarding their material and hardness. After investigation Callaham opted to use much harder Steel than the original Fender Saddles. The result is what some now say are Saddles that emphasize upper mid and high. Although that mite be useful in some cases – as Strat (type) guitars are not all alike – it is not desirable.

I think we all can agree that to recreate the best Vintage bent Steel Saddles that produce true Strat Tone we need to use the exact same quality Steel as what was installed on these Magic Stratocasters. That is exactly what we do. The side effect of wanting the same quality Steel each and every time is that we pay more for our Steel than others. Hence the price difference. But we think it is worth our effort to offer you the best Vintage Saddles that money can buy.

Piet Laan

Highwood GuitarParts


Gotoh 510 issue (only HG-10,8 mm / 0,425 inch)

We have a minor (temporarely) problem with the Gotoh tremolo (510 type for 10.8 mm). This tremolo has gutters for the outside two saddles to guide the intonation screws. Recently we fixed this by adapting the width for the intonation screws (HG-10,8 mm / 0,425 inch).

Our outer two saddles in the package fit the Gotoh gutters exactly (the screws are drilled a bit wider than the screws of the four saddles in the middle of the package). If you compare them it will show.

If you don’t have a Gotoh tremolo there will be no problem. This guidance is just in case you have a Gotoh 510 tremolo.. For a visual view of what we mean, please click on the link below.

Best of luck and have fun!

Highwood Guitarparts

Gotoh 510 problem