Bought a Squier Bass VI a few weeks ago, and am in the process of replacing the strings with a .022-.102 set. I've got some questions about this thing:
- I was surprised to find that the bridge posts pivot back & forth about 3/16" in the 2 bridge post holes.
I'm baffled as to how one is supposed to maintain even ballpark intonation when changing strings with a bridge that has 3/16" of slop to the holes. How do I place that as I install the strings? Push it to the rear of the post holes, to the front, or try to center it within 0.00002" or so by eye?
- I've read that guys who go up to ~.100" E strings, in order to get enough rearward travel of the saddle to intonate, have to either remove the spring behind the low E saddle, or reverse the bridge altogether. It looks to me like if I crank the saddle back any further, the string will make contact with the far end of the intonation screw. Should I lower the saddles to reduce the angle of the intonation screw, and compensate by extending the rocker-pivot setscrews? Or should Ieave them alone and grind the screw shorter to avoid contact with the string?
- Finally, I wish this thing was a hardtail. Can I just crank down the trem spring tension until it's solid, and wrap the bridge posts with tape until they're snug in the aforementioned bridge post holes?