FAQ's

1) What is "Full Contact Hardware" ?

The Babicz Design "Full Contact Hardware" is a patented technology for guitar and bass bridge saddles that offers a dramatic improvement in sustain and tonal quality. This is achieved by eliminating any gaps or voids between the bottom of the bridge saddles and the body of the guitar or bass.

2) What is the difference between the "Original" and the "Z-Series" ? 

The Original series is double locking, at the saddle and at the plate, and is made from aluminum. The Z- Series models are single locking, at the saddle, and use a steel plate. 

3) How does the "Full Contact Hardware" increase sustain ?

The 'Full Contact Hardware' system offers "full contact" between the vibrating string and the body of the instrument. I designed this system with the intent of gaining the maximum amount of string vibration transference to the body of the guitar.

4) Is there any space or air gaps between the bottom of the saddle and the body of the guitar ?

Air gaps and spaces under the saddle are eliminated and over 50 x more contact surface per saddle is maintained.

5) Can I still set my "action" ?

You can now set your string height or "action" with more precision than ever before. The "eCAM" allows for instant and precise "action" adjustments without ever adding space or air gaps between the saddle and the body of the guitar. Simple loosen the saddle locking set screw (on the left of each saddle) and then raise or lower your string height by turning the string height adjustment set screw (on the right of each saddle). Once you have set your action to your desired setting, you can tighten the saddle locking set screw. Conventional string height action adjustment set screws are eliminated, so you will never have the bridge saddle "sink" or "shift" while playing.

6) Can I still set my intonation ?

Yes, setting precise intonation adjustments is easier than ever before. Simply loosen the bridge saddle clamping screw (just above each saddle) and adjust the intonation screws (at the rear of each saddle) to set the saddles to the correct position. Once set, tighten the bridge saddle locking screws. Intonation adjustments are more precise than ever before.

7) What is the 'eCAM' Saddle ?

The eCAM saddle is a proprietary design that allows for maximum downward pressure on the saddle housing, which results in "Full Contact" between the string transference and the body of the instrument. The Babicz Design patented "eCAM Saddle" technology allows for instant and precise action and intonation adjustments without loss of tone. (USPTO Provisional Patent # 61/206,015)

8) What models are currently available ?

Currently "Full Contact Hardware" is available for "Strat" style guitars, "Tune-o-Matic" style guitars, Telecaster style guitars, four and five string basses.

9) Will the "Full Contact Hardware" add any unnecessary weight to my guitar or bass ?

No, the "Full Contact Hardware" is machined from lightweight materials which are the most conducive to tonal transference.

10) What materials are used in the "Full Contact Hardware" ?

The majority of the components used in manufacturing the "Full Contact Hardware" are aluminum. All FCH Saddles are anodized aluminum. The FCH Saddle Housings are extruded aluminum and are plated in chrome, black nickel or gold. The FCH Baseplates are extruded aluminum and are plated in chrome, black nickel or gold.

11) Why are these particular materials used for the "Full Contact Hardware" ?

Aluminum offers the least amount of acoustical impedance when compared to most common metals, and being inherently lightweight is an additional benefit. From a performance perspective we see the Full Contact Hardware to be the final solution for tone, sustain, and sonic transference between the vibrating string and the body of the instrument.

12) Can I install the "Full Contact Hardware" myself ?

Yes, the "Full Contact Hardware" system is designed as a direct replacement for traditional guitars and basses. Installation is fast and easy.

13) Can I string the FCH Tele Bridge "through the body" ?

Yes. The FCH Tele Bridge is designed as an upgrade unit for the 3 hole mount American Standard Tele bridge and the traditional "Ash Tray" 4 hole mount Tele bridge. If your Tele bridge is a 3 hole mount, then load the strings from the top, at the bridge. If your Tele bridge is a 4 hole mount then load the strings from the top, at the bridge or through the body.

14) Is there a warranty on the "Full Contact Hardware" ?

Yes, there is a three year factory warranty on the Babicz "Full Contact Hardware"

15) Where can I buy the "Full Contact Hardware" ?

Currently the "Full Contact Hardware" is available through a wide variety of music retailers and distributors globally.

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