Gibson Les Paul: Electric Guitar Setup : How to Flip the Saddle Bridge on a Les Paul Guitar: Pt 1


THE FERRET: Occasionally, you’ll find that
you’ll run out of room to intonate a string on the Gibson Tune-o-Matic tailpiece. And
the string saddles are removable, and they can either angle this way or they can angle
that way. So if you run out of room, you can actually turn the saddle around to get more
room. That’s going to be the case with our G string here today. So I’m going to have
to remove the retainer that holds the string saddles in to take that individual piece out
and turn it around and then put it back in place, so I can intonate the guitar properly.
Usually, you can do this fairly easily with a flat-head screwdriver. The wire is very
delicate so you need to be kinda careful when you’re doing it, and you basically want to
lift that over the string screws and then you can take the saddle out. If you have a
problem doing it with the guitar strung, you don’t want to force it off. You want to take
all the strings off, take the saddle off and then gently work the string retainer or the
saddle retainer loose.


71 Responses

  1. John Christopherson

    February 28, 2008 11:45 pm

    Step 5! Didn't need to do this either. Looks like it wouldn't have been too tough if I would have had to do it. I'm not sure I'd have figured it out if I had needed it without this vid. Maybe…

  2. Boingusboingus

    October 11, 2008 8:08 pm

    I just bought an Epi LP Deluxe second hand, and it had three flipped saddles. I wondered why. Now, I know. Thanks.

  3. indieplayer

    October 16, 2008 5:42 am

    hiii i have a question
    well i have a epiphone dot
    and im tthinking about to change the bridge and
    tailpieeve because the stock ones pill of the chrome with time
    and i had a question
    should i put gibson on both parts
    or can i use another brand
    does the brand affect my tone
    because gibson are kinda expensivee
    soo i wanted some suggestionss pleasee

  4. wharfrat2085

    October 23, 2008 10:03 am

    looks like a les paul classic in bullion gold, the 60's version i believe, gibson is going to discontinue the classic model, its being replaced with the traditional, features include classic 57 pickups, 50's neck profile, and they are being plecked, if you dont know what a pleck machine is look it up,

  5. wharfrat2085

    November 15, 2008 9:52 am

    no its not the slash sig. look at the pickguard, you see the 1960 logo on it? yeah moron, its a 1960 classic in bullion gold, only they have the 60 or 50 logo on it, so before you spew out crap you dont know, do a little research first, and besides, slash sucks and so does his guitar

  6. Woodie Larsen

    November 27, 2008 12:18 am

    ok the classic is NOT being discontinued, its still on the standard is being replaced with the new standard and the traditional is the same as an old standard but new.

  7. wharfrat2085

    November 29, 2008 12:36 pm

    ok, first of all i work for guitar center, i work directly with representatives from gibson, and YES they are going to discontinue the classic model, second the traditional is NOTHING like the old standards, the traditional is NOT chambered, the standard is, the traditional has classic 57 pickups, all standards have burstbucker pro's, the traditional has a 50's profile neck which they are not doing on the standards anymore, the switched to the asymetrical profile, so in short, you're so wrong

  8. wharfrat2085

    November 30, 2008 7:58 am

    let me correct you again, it IS a bullion gold finish, what do you think they call the color on a gold top? yes, thats right, bullion gold, oh, and for the slash comment, any fucking moron who can string three chords together and have some high pitched jack ass sing some whiny, catchy lyrics over them can be famous, doesnt make you good, slash sounds the same in every fuckin song, and as for me not being famous, look for me in a couple years, you'll eat your words, good day sir

  9. Woodie Larsen

    November 30, 2008 7:21 pm

    umm ACTUALLY the traditional if you look at the stats is exactly the same as pre 07 standards…and considering i OWN several pre 07 standards you'd think maybe i would know..the 08 standard is all new with the new neck profile…but for people with a more "TRADITIONAL" preference for the standard they made the traditional…and no not ALL standards come with burst buckers… I'll make a video to show you exactly that…if you're so stubborn.

  10. Woodie Larsen

    November 30, 2008 7:24 pm

    I would say that for the most part as lo ng as the style (tune-o-matic & stopbar) is the same. i have a friend who lost his original gibson parts, and replaced them with the generic version and it works just fine. =]

  11. C1o88er3d

    March 2, 2009 6:45 pm

    Wow, this is an old comment.
    I usually don't respond to these because I'm worried the poster doesn't remember what they asked or they no longer care.
    I regards to removing humbucker covers:
    They say that it makes the pickups hotter and gives them a more aggressive sound. I have an LP with uncovered and one with covered, but they're not the same type of pickups and they aren't really comparable. Some say it changes the tone but I can't say so positively from experience.

  12. C1o88er3d

    March 2, 2009 6:48 pm

    Also, make sure that removing the covers is something you really want to do, especially on newer LPs, because I've heard that they have wax on the coils but I'm not sure why (if anyone out there know could you jump in?). Anyway, scraping the wax off is a pretty permant step unless you go to a luthier.
    Good luck.

  13. Israel Bonnard

    April 23, 2009 3:51 pm

    please! i need help! i bought a gibson les paul traditional pro 3 weeks ago, i change strings almost 2 weeks ago and the guitar does not stay tune. the guitar came with Locking Grover tuners. what can i do?

  14. Tim Murphy

    June 28, 2009 4:53 pm

    What kind of guitar? Lighter guage strings naturally don't sound as thick as the heavier strings. You may just have to get used to the sound of lighter strings. I used to use .9's on my guitar, and switched to .10's a few years ago. There is a major difference in sound between the two guages.

  15. Jamie Box

    July 5, 2009 2:53 am

    whats the difference between a epiphone les pual 100 and a epiphone les paul standerd? can u help me out?

  16. Endlessdonut97

    July 8, 2009 9:14 am

    The 100 has Pearl inlays (The Circle ones) and the Standard has Trapazoid inlays. The pickups on the Les Paul 100 do not come with the humbucker covers, but the Les Paul Standard. does. Both guitars come in different finishes. I play a 1984 Les Paul Standard in Honeyburst

  17. theclash06013

    July 16, 2009 6:32 am

    It's just a different sound I tried using an 8 as my high E, but didn't like the sound so I switched back to a 9, it takes some getting used to


    August 2, 2009 4:54 pm

    Always broke strings (at least one a night) on those damn saddles until I switched to a brass Bad-Ass with rounded brass saddles. I've never broken a string since. Wish I could find another as mine (now 32 years old) has worn down just from my hand rubbing it.

  19. ke4ncd

    September 14, 2009 12:56 am

    Epi' does not put the same quality into the Gibson Type guitars made by them as they do the original epi' line of guitars that are still made. One interesting thing is that Les Paul was making and designing his first guitars at the Epi' guitar factory at night. He was allowed to use their place and equipment. At this time he was trying to sell Gibson on his new Solid Body Guitar..

  20. Ribbaz

    September 19, 2009 11:26 am

    dude should you first know what the fuck your talking about, do you even know who was Les Paul? Try to get some culture before making dumb replys….

  21. Matt Brown

    November 23, 2009 6:55 am

    ive always had a dream of getting a glossy black gibson lespaul with emg 81 85s all gold hardware and somewhat scalloped frets near the end probaly just one or two

  22. Matt Brown

    February 26, 2010 10:50 pm

    tony iommoi uses one the only reason i want one is because of frank zappa but his body on his sg was a bit thicker

  23. Niko Bitan

    August 1, 2010 2:37 pm

    @jgonza29 Guitar brand will never die, sometimes soon now will be 2 years since death of les paul.

  24. khairi azuandi

    August 13, 2010 4:31 pm

    i just bought an epiphone les paul about 1 week ago,but after a fews days using it. the fret buzzing just get on my guitar. it very frustated..i try to adjust the trus rod but the thing getting worse.what should i do man??

  25. Jon's diary

    September 2, 2010 1:06 am

    @andieyrock maybe you need to lime the frets because some are unequal…in the meantime, just try using smaller strings


    September 18, 2010 10:29 pm

    How high should the gibson tune-o-matic bridge be? i've adjusted my action but theres still alot of buzzing and i dont like my action being too hig…what should i do?

  27. gtamodman122

    October 28, 2010 8:01 am

    @shckltnebay uhh i think you posted the reply to the wrong person i didnt mention anything about guitar repairing

  28. erephus

    January 25, 2011 4:24 pm

    How do I ignore all this crap from expertvillage? Can't even search straight on youtube without ending up with this crap.

    It's either youtube that is crappy or this BS. 🙁

  29. stringbreaker6

    May 21, 2011 3:21 am


  30. Mário Wamser

    June 9, 2011 1:51 pm

    HY PEOPLE, LOOK THIS , Tribute to the 96th anniversary of les paul, bach digital in Google ferrament: /watch?v=PfO8dl9W-ZM.
    Click in my chanel and lokk this, tribute to the 96th aniversary of les paul.

  31. Caulin Sheridan

    June 16, 2011 1:51 am

    you should also put a C clamp on each saddle screw … that wire only stops them from falling off but adds no stability … if you add the clamps they will create more traction between the screw-head, clamp, and base of the bridge preventing the saddles from moving over-time … my sg's intonation goes out all the time because of the lack of stability … also with these the wire wont buzz

  32. 321harold

    June 19, 2011 5:48 pm

    Those damn G strings are always the problem string. Pops out of tune so easily. Especially on my SG, not as bad on the Les Paul.

  33. t3tsuyaguy1

    June 10, 2012 3:13 pm

    Many hearing impaired people have an experience of music. Only some conditions completely rob people of all sound. Most just can't hear well enough to effectively communicate in speech, or safely drive a car. Music is actually a really important part of many hearing impaired peoples lives.

    PS. Responses like this are meant to be attacks. I really don't mean it that way. I'm just sharing some info.

  34. Doug H. in VA

    August 5, 2018 4:35 pm

    Not a job for a ham-handed, impatient guy. Get a local pro repair/setup guy to do this and pay him unless you are careful and can take it slow and easy. It's easy and quick… he may do it for free!

  35. GibsonLesPaul2273

    November 16, 2019 9:28 pm

    Mine doesnt have the retainer thing
    ok just had a closer look and mine have little circlips, could it be my tailpiece is fake?


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