Old harmony with no torque rod
I have an old harmony I am trying to bring back to playing shape. It has no torque rod, and the saddle seems to be glued to the bridge.
I need to drastically lower the action but I can not remove the saddle to shave it down. And why doesn't it have a torque rod.
Normaly some heat or steam will loosen the glue depending on what kind they used to glue it in. As for the truss rod... a lot of the older guitars didnt have them, and some that did, they were not adjustable. If you dont have enough sadle to sand down to make a diference... sadly it might need a neck reset. Maybe the sadle lowerd, and some lighter string might help though. Good luck!!
Many of those old guitars were "steel reinforced" with non adjustable rods. They jut weren't expected to survive this long I would think. If the saddle is glued down I would probably chisel it out carefully and replace it. Steam is tough to localize and you wouldn't want to warp or relieve anything you didn't intend to - like the bridge plate, that could be a major pain. Get a good sharp 1/4 inch chisel and take it down along its length. Chances are it will pop off during the operation.