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Schaller 496... Off center?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by TDSLaBassiste, Feb 12, 2014.


  1. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Supporting Member

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    I just got all the hardware for my bass and I got a Schaller 496 5 string. And it's extremely off center. The G string hangs off the fretboard. Any fix to this besides doweling the old holes and drilling new ones?
     
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    Depends what bridge you're replacing and the hole pattern. Looking at the 496, the pattern is not centered to start with:

    https://www.warmoth.com/Assets/ProductImages/S496B_L.jpg

    You'll need to re-position and drill, baby, drill fit if that's the case.

    Edit: the roller bridge saddles offer some lateral compensation but it may not be nearly enough.

    Riis
     
  3. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Supporting Member

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    Yeah, the saddles don't offer nearly enough to compensate. I can roll the G all the way towards the middle and it's still sitting on the edge of the fretboard. Well damn, I wasn't planning on doing this, but I guess I have to redrill
     
  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah, 'fraid so. The pattern shifts the entire assembly waaaay towards the treble side....or so it appears.

    Riis
     
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