Very Steep Neck Angle on my New Epiphone Les Paul

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  1. Rocco Crocco

    Rocco Crocco Senior Member

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    Wow... look how high the bridge and pickups are. It looks weird, but the guitar plays and sounds great.

    I am wondering if the bridge being so high will cause a stability issue with the bridge. The guitar is new so I can return it, but if there's nothing to worry about I want to keep it.

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    You'd probably be better raising the tailpiece or top wrapping, other than that it really doesn't affect very much. Oddly enough my 56 GT has the same steep neck angle and it too plays great..
     
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    That is one of the steepest neck angles I've seen on an Epiphone. But if the guitar plays and intonates fine, I wouldn't worry about it. Your pickup height is height looks way too close to the strings. Not sure if that was intentional just to show off the effect the steep neck angle is having.
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    Yep, me too

    I've sold a Tokai LP-Custom for the same reason....
    you could basicly watch the studs move with heavy strings
     
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    Isn't this the whole reason the bridge height is so adjustable?

    I also have a guitar that you have to raise the bridge high. Higher than the one in the pictures here. With this one, the tailpiece is decked, yet the strings only touch the saddles. The strings aren't hitting the back of the bridge.

    With mine, the strings hit the bridge, unless, as @07rogersg mentioned, you top-wrap or raise the tailpiece.


    On my guitar, it's bothersome to look at. Makes me think the neck was glued incorrectly. But I can't hear or feel any problem when playing it. In fact, it's my favorite guitar.
     
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    Here's a pic. I can get measurement later. It's up there. I think the saddle notches are almost an inch away from the guitar body. With low action on the fretboard.

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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    That's how it is on my LC-10

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    IMG_6694-1.jpg

    I think I have it worse (or "better", depending on your point of view).
     
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    With the LC10, are the posts just screwed straight into the wood?
     
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    yep - no bushings

    no maple cap
    with long neck tenon

    just like a LP Custom should be made :drool:
     
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    This is how I feel about this guitar, but it plays great.
     
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  12. Rocco Crocco

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    I have lowered the pickup, but not much from what you see in the pic. Even the way it was set in the picture, it still sounded good with good string clearance when playing in the upper frets.
     
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    Ima not gonna worry about it.
     
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    I'd try to put the TP down so it just doesn't touch the bridge...:hmm:
     
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    Yeah I just left it how it was as it is literally my smoothest playing guitar and it sounds & sustains great as is.
     
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    Wow...I can't believe how high some of these bridges are!!
     
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    This is absolutely typical of the Gibson Memphis ES-LP models I have played (this appears to be an Epi ES-LP). On a fully solid body I would find that slightly abnormal but with this model I get the impression it's by design.

    Either way, what works works and if it's solid don't worry.
     
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    ES guitars have no carved top, so bridges are always higher than a full carved top. I see nothing wrong there.
     
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    That neck joint is totally normal. This is not a full body LP, and not a Florentine (which is just a chambered LP). This is a semi hollow, so there is not carve extrusion where the neck met the body, and this is exposing the neck angle.

    Also, you have an extremely high pickup there, and you should drop it down quite a bit.

    As for the bridge, it's not the bridge which is higher, it's the studs that are lower than a full carved LP.

    Bridge height alone never been a factor of anything. Given the neck angle, that in your case seems totally fine, the bridge height it's just a consequence of the construction.
    If you have the action you want, and you have room to lower the action, or raise it, then your guitar is fine as it is.

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