Low bridge?

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  1. Jefferson389

    Jefferson389 Junior Member

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    I just bought a new 2017 LP traditional and I noticed that the bridge is lower than what I've seen on other LPs, particularly on the low E side. This is after I've adjust the neck to proper relief and action at 5/64" and 4/64" on high and low e strings respectively. I also noticed that there isn't that much difference in bridge height between the bass side bridge post and treble side bridge post (I recall there being a bigger difference on other LPs I've played) . I measured them and from the body to the bottom of the thumbwheel is 9-10/64" on the bass side and like 6/64" on the treble side. I included a pic of the bass side below.

    Functionally everything seems ok because both sides of the bridge have room to go lower than they should go, so adjustability isnt an issue. The guitar plays great as well with no signficant buzzing. I just wanted to make sure that the low bridge height and minimal difference between high and low e sides of the bridge doesn't indicate some sort of a problem.
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  2. mudface

    mudface Senior Member

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    No sir, your guitar is just fine. You are lucky to have a neck set that came out PERFECT. :cheers:

    More pics please.....
     
  3. TradPro2

    TradPro2 Senior Member

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    the bridge height looks ok but I would take your little ruler and now check the height of the pickups as it appears
    they now may be too close to the strings, you maybe need to lower them a tad
    they may be close to perfect and i cannot tell from the pic but I would check the pickup height
     
  4. scozz

    scozz Senior Member

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    Yup...they definitely look too high in that pic.
     
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    ajay Senior Member

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    Joe Walsh says that the perfect tailpiece is the one sitting on the top. I don't think that it can be too low as long as the intonation is right on. I know that Joe isn't the best in the world, but I believe hat he knows a lot about setups.
     
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    Christosterone Premium Member

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    As @mudface said, you got the absolute perfect Lester..

    Wow

    -Chris
     
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    alnico59 Premium Member

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    Yeah, Gibson is moving away (thankfully) from the high neck set that usually requires a top wrap. Yours is good to go.
     
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    jc2000 Senior Member

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    I would like that on mine...
     
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  9. rdbear7d

    rdbear7d Senior Member

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    That looks great man..

    here's a pic before bsw kit from Faber..
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  10. PierM

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    If you have all setup as you want, and this is the result, you are lucky because could be you have a neck joint in the 4.4/4.5° angle, instead the crazy 5° that they use for USA models. :)
     
  11. motorboy1

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    I have a 2017 Traditional and bridge is the same. My action is 1/16 low E and just under for high E. I still have a little to go maybe 1/32 on the bridge if necessary. Perfect in my opinion. Stop piece is flush with body and strings are not hitting the bridge..
     
  12. Jefferson389

    Jefferson389 Junior Member

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    Thanks for everyone's responses.

    I ran into another thing with this guitar- I was looking at the neck relief when adjusting the truss rod and I noticed that the relief at the high e sides might be slightly different. However, it's very close and it was tough to tell if there really was a difference. I'm just a bit paranoid because I had another guitar with a twisted neck before. So I had two techs look at it, and the first one said he didn't see any indication of a neck twist based on checking the relief. But the second guy sighted down the neck and said he saw a very slight twist, but that this was pretty normal and something you'd find on most guitars. What do you guys think?
     
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    Probably just fine. The proof is in the playing and if it sets up and intonates correctly and plays and sounds right then you are good to go. As for the bridge height, as others have said that one looks about perfect. Both my '16 Trad and '79 Custom look just like that. FWIW so does my '17 SG Std.
     
  14. jlb32

    jlb32 Senior Member

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    To many the optimum setting is to have the bridge sitting on the body of the guitar or as low as possible. Added sustain and clarity many state. In the case of your guitar, you are great. The lower the better seems to be the preferred.
     
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    bryvincent Senior Member

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    that bridge is actually still relatively high compared to most historics with real vintage style abr posts. but it is lower than most USA Gibsons.
    the nashville-style post/thumbwheel makes it look low. if you convert it to vintage-style posts it would look high or about average height.
     
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    Different neck angles.
     
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    I have Nashville and ABR bridges that sit super low or at the body. Depends on the guitar.
     
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    Check out Joe's Carvin demo dvd.He talks in detail about his favorite old Gibsons with a low bridge and tailpiece.
     
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    The Nashville on my Custom. The reflection throws it off but it's about as low as it goes:D
     
  20. bigtimelp

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    You scored man! That's a nice low angle, exactly what you want.
     

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