When adjusting an Epiphone EB-3 three point bridge...

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by purpletornado, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. purpletornado


    Aug 5, 2009
    is it necessary to adjust all three screws or just the two on the sides? Seems like if you didn't adjust all three it would put unnecessary stress in the bridge and neck. FWIW, I'm trying to raise the action on my EB-3.
  2. rob7


    Jun 14, 2010
    best to ajust all 3, i had mine slightly tilted to the g string but not much,cos thers no up and down on the saddles
  3. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Yes adjust all three screws. If you dont lower the rear screw as well, the thing like all trad gibson bridges is gonna be tilted forward a bit. Not good for strings nor bridge imo. If I had a gibson style bridge like those on a bass Id replace it. None of the gibson or gibson copy basses Ive owned performed well bridge wise. Gibosn would have been better off doing their bridges as two peice tune-o-matic like their guitar version instead of the one peice 3 screw version they created. Imo it best to set those bridges with a little bit of rearward tilt.
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Adjust all three. If you adjust only part of them, you tend to create a lever effect that can force one or more of the threaded inserts loose from the body. This isn't hard to fix (pull the insert, paint the inside of the hole with super glue and carefully tap the insert back into place) but it's unnecessary.
  5. purpletornado


    Aug 5, 2009
    Thanks for link, it was extremely helpful. Now just one more question, the four saddles are different heights. Two taller one smaller then one more slightly smaller. Which ones go where? Is it te low saddles on the G and D strings or vice versa?
  6. I would go in order from tallest to shortest E A D G.
  7. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Actually, on my Casady, shortest is the E (more mass, thickier string, raises the string higher, so a lower saddle is needed)... A & D are the tallest two with the G being the second shortest... They're laid out this way to approximate the radius of the fingerboard (I'd prefer adjustable height saddles, but hey, ya can't have everything!)

  8. Sparkdog

    Sparkdog Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    Burbank, CA
    The best adjustment for the Gibson/Epi 3 point bridge is to loosen the strings, back out all 3 screws, carefully lift the bridge off and toss it into the dumpster.

    Then buy the wonderful replacement Hipshot makes and be happy.

    Trust me, you'll do it sooner or later, may as well avoid the aggravation.

  9. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    The best way to adjust a 3 point epiphone bridge is to completely remove and replace it with a better design.
  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    But you have to have $100 available....the Hipshots are excellent bridges, but they're not cheap.

    I've left the 3-point on my Casady and it works fine.
  11. purpletornado


    Aug 5, 2009
    Sat down tonight to fix my saddles and as I look at them I see they have numbers. I felt like an idiot. Got them back on, in the correct spots, got the bridge set up nicely, everything's in tune and in intonation. She sounds great. If I can squirrel away a hundred bucks I might look into the Hipshot replacement but for right now I'm pretty satisfied with the sound.