Am I dumb or did Gibson install saddle wrong?

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So I just got my new LP Custom. The guitar plays beautifully, but unless I’m a total idiot, I think they installed my saddle upside down. The notches for the high E string are bigger than the low E. Is this a problem?
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I’m not an expert, but having a LPC myself, yeah, it looks backwards. The intonation will be off, but there’s a good chance it will need a bit of a setup regardless. It’s an easy fix though: loosen the strings and you will be able to slide the stop bar out. Then just flip the bridge, slid the stop bar back onto the posts and retune.

eidt: I wouldn’t say the saddles are wrong, but the bridge is flipped. On an LPC, I believe the screws should face the stop bar, not the bridge pickup.
 

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I have two Trad Pro V's with backwards saddles. I could only tell when I closely inspected the string slot in the saddle, and could then tell the "smaller slot" was on the Low E :/. Making everything fubar, and sounded horrible, not to mention how the action was. Once corrected, they are awesome guitars. Someone didn't take the Adderall that day at work in the Gibson Factory! PS! It's not fair to tease a pic like that and not give more guitar PORN! :p. More pics are required for our salvation!
 

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I just a bought bridge like that. Sine you can't adjust the intonation from behind I had to take the saddles out and reverse them.
 

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It appears your bridge is on backwards. The screws on a Nashville bridge face the tailpiece out of the factory.
 

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Did you get this straight from a dealer in the factory sealed box or had it been opened and “inspected” and possibly restrung at a big box store? IMO nobody at Gibson took the time to notch the saddles and intonate that guitar without noticing that the bridge was on backwards.
 

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I just went to the Gibson website. These are closeups from their pictures of their current models.

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So I just got my new LP Custom. The guitar plays beautifully, but unless I’m a total idiot, I think they installed my saddle upside down. The notches for the high E string are bigger than the low E. Is this a problem?
Agreed to what was said above ... Nashville bridges have screws that face tailpiece, and ABR1 screws face pickups. That being said, if the guitar was already set up well and playing well, I would just go with it as a Gibson idiosyncrasy (that is just me, though; if a guitar is flexing mojo, I just go with it). That all being said, the tailpiece looks like it may be too low (again, if setup and playing fine, then I'd leave it). But what about the missing G string?? ... did you find the lost Keith Richards tuning??
 

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I just went to the Gibson website. These are closeups from their pictures of their current models.

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Those are ABR-1 Bridges....... The OP is pictured with a Nashville bridge..... two completely different bridges.

The ABR bridge has the screw heads stick out and too close to the edge of the bridge.... the strings will lay over the screws if the bridge is facing the tailpiece....that is why they face the pickup.

Nashville bridge the saddle screws are inset and out of the way so it can face the tailpiece making it easier to intonate.

I agree that OPs bridge is on backwards which explains the notching.
 
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For the record this was a brand new guitar from Gibson via Sweetwater. I only caught it while restringing the guitar. At first I thought I somehow reversed it but nope, the pictures from Sweetwater show it’s backwards. Kind of astounded this got missed.
 

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For the record this was a brand new guitar from Gibson via Sweetwater. I only caught it while restringing the guitar. At first I thought I somehow reversed it but nope, the pictures from Sweetwater show it’s backwards. Kind of astounded this got missed.
There was another thread about someone getting a guitar with a backwards Nashville not long ago..... and it too came from Sweetwater. :hmm:
 

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Pretty sure I have every bridge style here but an old uncompensated one with the severe bass to treble angle.
 

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Pretty sure I have every bridge style here but an old uncompensated one with the severe bass to treble angle.
Not sure I follow. Is something wrong? I know I need to completely re-intonate the bridge after swapping it if that’s your concern.
 

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Not sure I follow. Is something wrong? I know I need to completely re-intonate the bridge after swapping it if that’s your concern.
Nothing is wrong :laugh2:
I'm just ruminating and riffing.
Yes, if you move the bridge fore or aft or reversed, it has to be intonated. I have intonated all of mine at some point.
 

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Looks backwards. Either installed carelessly or fell of an remounted carelessly. Easily flipped.
 


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