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    Default Strat set screw bridge saddle.

    im thinking of trimming set screw so they dont protrude up and dig in my hand. Any tips or thoughts on this, Thanx

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    I assume you're referring to the saddle height adjustment screws, in which case any attempt to cut or file down either end will cause compromise. If you mess with the top end you will lose your Allen wrench access, and therefore the ability to adjust. If you mess with the bottom end you will still be able to adjust but the only way to remove the screw will be to advance it all the way through the bottom of the saddle with your Allen wrench.

    If you measure the length of the screws and tell us which model you're playing, I might be able to find some shorter replacements.
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    Tulsa, I shorten those little screws all the time with some judicious file work. Here's my procedure... First get the whole guitar set up just the way I like it, with proper truss rod adjustment, intonation and saddle heights. Then tune up all the strings so they are right on pitch. Then I'll take an Allen wrench and back out one of the saddle screws that are too long, all the way. Next, put the little screw in a small vice grip with the solid end out (not the end that the wrench goes in). Then carefully file the end down a bit. I finish it off by sighting it in and trying to make the end as square as possible. Finally, I'll gently file the edges of that end to round them off just a tiny bit. If you do it right, it will easily thread back into the saddle, just like a new screw.

    OK, when you've made it that far screw it back into the saddle until the string comes back up to pitch. Then check the height of that screw. If it's right where you want it, then that is one done, and 11 to go. If it ain't quite right yet, then just take it out and repeat the process. This does take a bit of time, but in the end every screw will be the exact height it should be and your picking hand will thank you every time you play.
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    Piece of cake. Put the allen wrench in the grub screw and use a bench grinder to (lightly) grind the other end at a 45 degree angle as you rotate, then dress square-on a little to finish. Go slowly and keep replacing the grub screw in the saddle until you get the right height.
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    Pretty please :)
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    I must say, I like "grub screw"!
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    Its the proper engineering term in these here parts Doc.

    "Allen Key" also - we have none of that 'wrench' malarkey ;)
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    True, it doesn't look much like a wrench.
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    I saw what you did there :)
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