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Bridge is slightly bending towards fingerboard

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by GreenEggsnHam, Oct 18, 2013.


  1. GreenEggsnHam

    GreenEggsnHam

    Sep 25, 2011
    I know this is a common thing that happens when you restring your bass, such as I have done, but no matter what I do, I can't return the bridge to its normal, perpendicular position. Could it be warped? Suggestions?
     
  2. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Chicago
    Post a picture.
     
  3. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Yes.
     
  4. This is the best way for us to tell.
     
  5. GreenEggsnHam

    GreenEggsnHam

    Sep 25, 2011
    Here
     

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  6. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Chicago
    If you lay a straight edge along the top of the bridge, is there a gap? There is when I lay one across the picture. I think you could pull it up a bit so that the top part is more straight in line with the feet. The top does look a bit warped, but I can't tell for sure. What is the thing under the foot?
     
  7. GreenEggsnHam

    GreenEggsnHam

    Sep 25, 2011
    Yes, there definitely is. How could I pull it up without damaging the bridge? The thing under the foot is a part of my Shadow pick up.
     
  8. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Chicago
    The angle of the bridge above the adjusters can be changed a bit by loosening the strings (a whole step) and just pushing, or hitting with a paperback book. Try 1/8" and that may make it more in line with the leg/foot below the adjusters. Beyond that, a luthier should advise. A new bridge may be in order. In the future, make sure the bridge is always at the proper angle so warpage has less chance of happening.
     
  9. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Why did you post a photo that's upside down?

    Do as Eric suggests; slacken the strings a little bit and pull the bridge back until its straighter up the back.

    You can put the bass on the table/bed/couch, rest the end block on your midsection and rotate that upper part of the bridge back into place.
     

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