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APX500 saddle...

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:05 pm
by Fat Labrador
As you can read, I'm a fat labrador.
A fat, chocolate labrador, and nearly three years old.
My dad - my pet human - has lots of instruments that he calls 'guitars', but his favourite acoustic is his Yamaha APX500.
Last weekend, I was snuffling around the garden, and spotted my dad in his shed.
He was restringing his Yamaha, and was taking the opportunity to give all the bits a good clean at the same time.
My mum in the house shouted that dad was wanted on the phone, so I thought I'd stand guard at the shed door.
I settled down - I like lying down a lot - and it was then that I spotted a new chew toy on the floor, just outside the shed.
It wasn't very nice...white, thin, and not very long.
Tasteless, as well.
Hope my dad didn't pay a lot for it.
It wasn't beef or chicken flavour...I don't really know what it was.
Anyway, I gnawed away, and eventually managed to put some teeth marks into it, and started to make an impression towards one end....

My dad eventually came back.
I heard a few words that I'd never heard before....
He wasn't happy.
Far from it.
In fact, he glared and shouted at me.
He called me a "Ducking frog"... I think that was it.
Apparently, in his rush to get to the phone, his jacket had knocked off some little guitar part - that he says is very important - from the work bench....and now I'm in big trouble for chewing it out of shape, and managing to nibble a bit of the end off.

He tried getting one from Yamaha in the UK, but they suggested that he contact someone else.

Does anybody know where me dad could get one from?
I might not get any walks or biscuits until he gets one....

Re: APX500 saddle...

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:12 pm
by Buzzard
Now, that's a first. :lol:

Fat Labrador, Welcome to the Yamaha Forums. :D

The chewed up plastic saddle is a goner, but a replacement will be available from most guitar shops.

If you find a non original, the price is fairly cheap, but might need some fitting by filing and/or sanding.
Not really a difficult job, but it takes a little time, but totally worth it.
Your owner can now adjust to a lower action if desired.

Once your pet human has it sorted out, expect walks and biscuits galore. :wink:

Best Regards

Re: APX500 saddle...

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:16 pm
by Fat Labrador
Are you really a buzzard?
Your typing's very good for a bird of prey....mind you, look at mine!
And I'm only a fat labrador, who should know what to eat, and what not to eat....

My mum also suggested "just putting something - anything" - into the bridge to fix the problem, but my dad just snorted at her, holding up my "chew" for her to see.
I decided to disappear for a few minutes, but heard that my dad had made a few saddles in the past, but that this one was different.
(It certainly is now...)
It's not just flat on the's a bit like this Takamine one... ... 0wodnm4Pug

Those 6 piezo "feet" are each different heights/depths, so it looks like even the bridge slot is radiused.....
But what do I know?
I'm only a fat labrador without a biscuit...

Re: APX500 saddle...

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:56 pm
by Buzzard
I sure can't fly, the Buzzard thing goes back almost 40 years, from my school days.

Until recently, I was the happy owner of a Yamaha APX-500-II, but sold it 'cause my Silent guitar is getting almost all my acoustic time.

I bought my APX-500-II new in 2012, and had the dealer trim the saddle down to lower the action.
This saddle was flat before and after the trim, and worked fine.
If your guitar had the type with 6 pickup contact points, the Takamine, or a cheaper version could do the trick.
Usually, the pressure of the strings will clamp a flat saddle down nicely to get contact with the entire piezo.

If Yamaha is reluctant to supply the part, have your human pet consult his local music pusher, who's likely to come up with a good and affordable solution.


Re: APX500 saddle...

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:27 pm
by Fat Labrador
Thank you, Peter the Buzzard...
Very interesting to read that a flat-based saddle will perhaps work as well, considering the work that went in to designing the original complicated shape.
I heard my dad suggesting that the Takamine 'version' might be one-and-the-same, but even they seem to be difficult to source, not to mention expensive if you're lucky to track one down.
I have a feeling that he might try and shape a flat one...
I must mention that one of the Takamine 'alternatives' that he found was made of bone...I don't know why, but he gave me a dirty look at that point.

I think it's time for me to have a lie down.
I like lying down a lot.

Thank you again, Mr.Buzzard.

Re: APX500 saddle...

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:50 pm
by Buzzard
Cheers Fat Labrador. :wink:

Did your human pet find a chew proof saddle for his wooden box ?