neck/bridge/life issues...

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  1. Bernard_Rzeznik

    Bernard_Rzeznik Member

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    Recieved my SG recently from ebay (let me remind you never to stupidly forget about import expenses....ARGGHHH!!), am slightly less than happy...Is it a common problem for SG's, or any Gibsons, to have the bridge slightly out of alignment with the neck?!! I sincerely hope it isnt, but thats the problem with my little beast. There is alot of room between the little E and the edge of the neck, and nothing at the other side.

    Seemed like something was wrong when i got it, cause it have a weird modified bridge, so, stupid me thought, "aha, change the bridge, all problems solved..." Alas, after getting it back from the shop (and telling them off for charging me more than they said they would, for no apparent reason) i realised that the problem was the positioning of the whole bridge. Bit disappointing.

    So, thats my sob story for the evening (Australian evening). The guitar is well playable, and i am loving the Gibson P-90s. They sound rawer, and more responsive to volume and picking level changes than the ones on my Epi Casino.
    Anyway, is this a common problem, in any way???

    ....damn ebay purchases...Life goes on.
     
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    skidshark Active Member

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    we really gotta have some pics of this......sorry for your bad day. but maybe someone can make the next ones brighter?? if there's a fix i bet the idea will come from this forum!
     
  3. Bernard_Rzeznik

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    unfortunetly i dont have a camera...If i find one though i will certainly post 'em.
     
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    make it so.....!!!
     
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    Lets try to have a look see then! How much was the import tax , % wise?
     
  6. CharlieB

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    String alignment down the neck is taken care of with the positioning of the string slots on the bridge sections.

    MOST, not all, bridges have unslotted sections, so that any final alignment can be solved there when its slotted. Normally one would slot the end strings for edge alignment then space the other strings to make the "spacing" of the strings even. That does mean that the small strings are ever so slightly closer together than the fatter strings.... they are NOT evenly spaced!

    Try turning your bridge around. If not, go back to the place that fitted it and demand a fix up.. or do it yourself.

    The self job: File the tops of the sections flat again. Space the strings and mark the locations carfully. Make a small slot with a nut slotting file, angled sligtly down toward the stop bar (doesn't need much angle at all, just a little)

    Done.
     
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'll never buy a guitar that I can't take home with me.
     
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    Neck shifting can happen wth bolt-on necks over time, but a set neck should align. Check the sadddle slots, hopefully that will fix the problem.
     
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    The guitar ended up costing about $AU1050, with about $AU200 of that being import crap. That seemed a ridiculous amount to me, though maybe i am just naive... Can't whinge about it to much though, cause i just clean forgot about it. There i was, wondering why people didnt always buy their Gibsons from the US (sales price is way cheaper)....now i know...

    The shop i had change the bridge are considered by other guitarists i talked to to be quite good...i am not 100% convinced anymore. I dont know if the bridge (Gotoh) was preslotted or not, but all the slots are in the dead centre of the saddle. If it wasnt preslotted, then really didnt bother to make a good slotting effort. (hmmm, i feel that 'slotted' has potential to become a four letter based purely on its beautifully aggressive sound). The guitar shop can get slotted I say.
    I suspect what really wants to be done is the bridge holes plugged new ones drilled about 1-2mm further down the body. Seems a shame to do that though, so i might set about adding slots of my own, thanks for the guidelines CB.

    Still no stinking camera...maybe i'll sell my guitar to buy one... :? :)
     
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    can you borrow a camera bernie? we'll walk you thru posting the pics...no biggie.... :wink:
     
  11. Six String

    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    Borrowing the camera will be the most difficult part........ 8) 8) 8)
     
  12. CharlieB

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    Gotoh, unwisely, is preslotted dead center of each saddle. Just file em off flat or with a little back rake toward the stop bar, then reslot 'em. Its an easy peasy job to do.
     
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    ta, thanks for the help fellas.
    Sorry 'bout the lack of photos, i know of general fetish for them around here... :wink: :wink: I have a photobucket album, so getting them on isnt a prob.
     
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    FWIW, the files to do the job will run you about $40
     

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