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Bridge Block?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by deeptubes, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    I'm working on setting my basses up to play identical. Action is the same, neck relief is the same, but the string height from string to body varies from bass to bass. My favorite player is a Fender Dimension. It has a nice gap between body and strings - about .58". I like the bigger gap. I tend to wedge my thumb under the E when playing extensively in the upper register. So, I've decided to use the Dimension as a guide. First up, first issue. Decided to do my P Elite. Tilted the neck back and had to move the saddles all the way up. Still nowhere near high enough. I'm thinking about putting a block under the bridge to bring it up 1/4-3/8". Would need longer bridge screws and a longer ground. Seems easy enough.

  2. Sounds like how I would do it, what material do you have in mind? just curious.
  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Longer saddle height screws.
  4. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    Undecided. Would be quick and relatively easy to cut a piece of wood to the same size as the bridge base. Could get a slab of metal machined as well. Wouldn't have to change the ground with the metal base, and might be able to get a friend to do it.

    The original bridge won't let me do that. It has arches in the bridge that house the fine tuners. The saddles have guides that slide through these arches and thus limit saddle height. None of my other basses should have this issue.
  5. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    Beware, intonation may become a problem with the bridge that high up. You may have to move it a little towards the neck. It depends on the available adjustment range of the saddles.
  6. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    Understood. I'm doing this prior to fall setups. Pretty sure I've got the room. If not, I can replace those screws. Don't like flathead screws anyway. ;)

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