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Fretboard to bridge clearance measurement

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Irving, Dec 15, 2012.


  1. Irving

    Irving

    Dec 15, 2012
    I have built about 10 guitars and I am now building a bass for the first time.

    When running a straightedge down a fretless fretboard and hovering it over the bridge area, how much clearance do I want over the body surface?

    12/32" More? Less?
     
  2. Phendyr_Loon

    Phendyr_Loon Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    I used my Fender J as a model and did 7/16" for FB to body on the fretless I built. It ended up being a bit less after the FB was radiused.
     
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  4. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    However much you want, but 3/8" sounds pretty good.
     
  5. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    3/8, is standard for many aftermarket bridges such as Schaller and Gotoh, Hipshot A is about .400.
     
  6. I set it for just higher than the lowest possible height of the bridge, so it depends on the bridge.