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off center bridge

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by kreider204, Feb 8, 2013.


  1. kreider204

    kreider204

    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    I did some searches, and I found threads about how to fix an off-center bridge, but I didn't see a lot of discussion of my actual question: Is it a problem if the bridge is slightly off center, say 1/32" to one side or the other? I don't notice anything wrong when playing - it all feels fine, and I think the intonation is okay (though it's a fretless bass, so maybe I'm unconsciously adjusting). Even aesthetically, it's only noticeable if you're looking for it, and looking at just the right angle. Is there anything else I'm missing? Any way in which this isn't a good thing, and should be fixed? (And BTW, it's neck-through, so I can't adjust the neck.) Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    Michigan
    If it doesn't affect your playing I wouldn't worry too much about it.
    If the sight of it bothers you that much, instead of fixing it, put a bridge cover on it.
     
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  4. dtripoli

    dtripoli

    Aug 15, 2010
    1/32th of 1"
    Wow, that's barely thickness of 3 sheets of paper
    You must have amazingly good eyes.
    Trust me, no one and I mean no one will detect this at all.
    Now, if it actually affects the playability then it's worth fixing
     
  5. kreider204

    kreider204

    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    I do, thanks. :) Actually, I only really noticed because it's a Carvin Icon with walnut stripes down the middle, so the difference in the angle and off-center position of the strings is more noticeable than usual in contrast.

    It doesn't bug me too much aesthetically (though I can be a bit anal about such things on occasion, I admit ... ). I just wondered if it might be putting any strange tension on the neck or anything like that.

    Thanks much for the responses.
     
  6. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    Disclosures:
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    And the problem is...?
     
  7. kreider204

    kreider204

    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    Please read my whole post, thanks.
     
  8. dtripoli

    dtripoli

    Aug 15, 2010
    No weird tension issues.
    On the opposite end at the head stock
    many basses have string angled
    [​IMG]
     
  9. kreider204

    kreider204

    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    Good point, thanks.
     
  10. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    If it's a bolt-on, it's easy enough to loosen the bolts and nudge the neck 1/32" into alignment.
     
  11. kreider204

    kreider204

    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    Thanks, but as per my OP, it's neck-through.
     
  12. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    :p

    ...well you could plug the existing bridge holes and redrill but it wouldn't be worth the trouble unless you're super extra OCD.
     
  13. kreider204

    kreider204

    Nov 29, 2008
    WI, USA
    I do have my OCD moments, to be sure, but I think I'm rational enough not to go to the trouble. I think ...

    :D
     
  14. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    There's more chance the wood stripes are off-center than the bridge is.

    And besides, you have no problem.

    Therefore there is no problem.
     
  15. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    Disclosures:
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Maybe you need to re-read the entire post, too.:smug:
     
  16. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    i wonder if a schaller roller bridge would have enough adjustment to center the string path...
     
  17. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Manitoba, Canada
    No weird tension on the neck but I'm sensing a weird tension in this thread. This is an aesthetic problem only.
     
  18. Growly Lytes

    Growly Lytes

    Dec 4, 2009
    Downunder Oz
    Disclosures:
    Bass player
    Ive seen lots of Fender basses like that.
    My Lyte has this.The only thing i dont like about it is that my low E is closer to the edge of the FB & it should be more centered.Anyway its still very playable.
     
  19. Growly Lytes

    Growly Lytes

    Dec 4, 2009
    Downunder Oz
    Disclosures:
    Bass player
    You beat me to it.
     
  20. 'Paper' is about .003" so actually it's like 10 sheets of paper... but still, barely worth trying to correct.
     



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