Gibson Standard 50s ABR bridge string spacing

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Hello there!

I just gave my new Gibson 50s Standard to luthier for string change + setup and he pointed me that string spacing on the bridge is not even (pic rel). Is it normal? On my second gibson (2017 std) with Nashville bridge string spacing is even.

Shall I call retailer for bridge change?

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The A and D strings saddles do look off center..... Maybe a request for a couple of saddles,.... a new bridge may seem a bit much. Just my opinion.
 

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do you want them evenly spaced, or over the pole pieces?
 

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which one is correct?
either one, imo. I used to be OCD about having them over the pole pieces, but then depending on the pickup, it changes the string spacing. In my old age now, I've decided I'd rather have all the saddles notched directly in the middle and pole piece relation be darned. Not sure if that's correct, but it seems to work for me. YMMV
 

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I have never noticed until this pic of the new ABR that there are nylon washers under the screw heads :hmm:
 

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Question is whether uneven spacing (considering strings go over pickup poles) influences playing?
 

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For chording and to some extent scales would be compromised with uneven spacing. Especially noticeable when changing instruments with even spacing. If it was your only instrument i would believe that it could be adjusted to. But screw that,... it is really a simple fix,.... i would fix it.

This is one of the reasons we have adjustable pole pieces,.... we can adjust for volume of each string even if the string isn't exactly centered over the pole piece. The magnetic field coming off the pole is rather erratic,.... spread out and not JUST straight up from the screw head. You have a little wiggle room. ;)
 

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For chording and to some extent scales would be compromised with uneven spacing. Especially noticeable when changing instruments with even spacing. If it was your only instrument i would believe that it could be adjusted to. But screw that,... it is really a simple fix,.... i would fix it.

This is one of the reasons we have adjustable pole pieces,.... we can adjust for volume of each string even if the string isn't exactly centered over the pole piece. The magnetic field coming off the pole is rather erratic,.... spread out and not JUST straight up from the screw head. You have a little wiggle room. ;)
Really appreciate Your answer! :)

Just talked to luthier we will fix this :)
 

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I just gave my new Gibson 50s Standard to luthier for string change + setup and he pointed me that string spacing on the bridge is not even (pic rel). Is it normal? On my second gibson (2017 std) with Nashville bridge string spacing is even.
Keep the ABR-1 and have your luthier put in new saddle inserts and file them down to the right spacing. I had an R8 at the beginning of the year that I kept flubbing the G string for some reason, drove me nuts, until I looked at the bridge and whoa, that was it, the spacing was all jacked. I tried the trick of moving the saddle inserts around but couldn't quite swing the right spacing. I ordered up a set of blanks and filed them myself. Problem solved. That wasn't the only ABR-1 bridge I saw with that problem. Weird. You'd think a Historic would have better QC. But hey, it's a Gibson, that kind of silliness prevails sometimes.
 

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Fix it or replace it, the string spacing should be consistant.. Fingerstyle on that would make you notice quick
 

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Personally, I’d just order a pre-notched bridge and swap it during a string change. No need to involve a luthier.
 

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when I bought my trad 17 the only explanation for the bridge spacing was that this man was working at gibson.

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NONE of the saddles slots were centered ... and by far.

even the covers on the cavities are all misplaced...

for the covers I don't care... for the bridge I bought a new one ( no wire ) and I made the slots myself
 




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