Which way should my bridge be facing?

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  1. NewDayHappy

    NewDayHappy Member

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    I own a 2017 Gibson Les Paul Standard and I noticed that many of guitars that are same model as mine have the bridge with the screw side facing the tailpiece but on mine the screws are facing the pickups. The intonation is setup perfectly either way, I'm just wondering if somebody at Sweetwater made a mistake or does it even matter? To my ears everything sounds good.
     
  2. ARandall

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    Doesn't matter.
     
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  3. NewDayHappy

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    Thank you! This is my first real Les Paul, so I'm glad to know. Thanks again my friend.
     
  4. oachs83

    oachs83 Senior Member

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    You have a Nashville bridge and unless 2017 the bridge design was changed the screws should face the tailpiece not the pickup. The abr-1 bridge faces the pickup. Even though it doesn't affect anything one would still want to know why it was installed incorrect.
     
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  5. Phusion974

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    Depends which way your saddles are positioned on the bridge.
    Of all the Gibsons I've owned the screw side is always facing the tailpiece, then again it depends on the bridge.

    My Gotoh bridge screws are facing towards the pickup, but the saddles are oriented the same as the stock Gibson bridge I had.
     
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    I've always found the screws face the pickups... can't get a screwdriver in to adjust them if they face the stop, in my experience.
     
  7. ARandall

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    Its only opposite to conventional fitting....NOT incorrectly. The design of the bridge is a mirror image so will fit on the studs with the same mechanical stability and operational functionality either way. I would not like the OP to be deceived into thinking the bridge doesn't work exactly the same way with either orientation.
     
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    You have a bad guitar; I will give you $200 to dispose of it safely.
     
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    Typically a Nashville bridge has the screws facing the tailpiece.

    Typically an ABR-1 bridge has the screws facing the pickup.
     
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    Birdseyeview Senior Member

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    This^^^
     
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    When I tried putting my abr-1 upgrade on with the screws facing the tailpiece and the strings hit the tops of the screws on their way down to the tailpiece. So I think for the abr-1 it has to have the screws facing the pickups, unless you want to be raising the tailpiece all the way up.
     
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    IMG_0092.JPG IMG_0093.JPG IMG_0094.JPG I have a '17 Standard as well. Is it possible to post a side pic of your bridge and tailpiece? Mine seem to be a little high, but I'm no expert. I guess they have to be a little high for the strings to clear the humbuckers.
     

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