- Apr 24, 2020
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Sounds like a good plan.If the posts are already bent, the only thing that will fix it is to either straighten them ore replace them. The thing that bends the post is when the exposed threaded portion is asked to hold the string tension through stiffness alone. The threaded part is the weakest part, and unsupported by the threaded bushing that is the place it will bend. '
Ideally, the flat base of your post should be in direct contact with the top of the guitar to help spread the force out over a larger area and eliminate the bending force on the threads. If you need to adjust the action height, you will want to use a spacer washer of the exact thickness needed to place your bridge/tail piece at the desired height. When you snug the post against the spacer most of the forces that want to bend the threads will be exerted in other directions and spread over a wider area of the top.
Step one is to verify if the posts are bent, or if there is some other problem. They look bent to me, but photos can sometimes trick the eye.
If the posts are bent, I would get some replacements, install them and adjust the action height. The space between the base of the post and the top of the guitar will still be there, so you will need to measure it and make (or have made) a couple of spacers of the exact thickness needed to allow the posts to be snugged down (not super tight) with the bridge at the proper height and the issue won't return. That is what I would do anyways. The spacers will spread most of the forces that bent the posts in a safer direction.
As I mentioned above, the bridge cannot come down any lower, the action is as low as it can be.
So, check the posts, replace if bent.
Measure distance between bottom of the flat base and the top of the guitar, and get/make spacers to fill in the gap.
Is that about right?
Thanks for the advice BTW!