Floating bridge in a setup

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Re: Floating bridge in a setup

Post by jorri » Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:08 pm

A protractor and any straight edge should do it

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Re: Floating bridge in a setup

Post by ChrisDesign » Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:10 am

My neck has a 0.5 degree whole-pocket shim, and the tailpiece is further forward. The break angle is perfect, but it needed that shim
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Re: Floating bridge in a setup

Post by Jazzmonster Jones » Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:36 pm

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People tend to think that the only way to lower the action is to lower the bridge, which is what causes so many issues with the vibrato system and bridge that eventually led to people thinking it was a bad design. It isn't a bad design at all - it just is really severely misunderstood. Even today, the offset design being probably the most popular that it ever has been - people still don't understand the system. They think the only way to make a JM playable is to slap a Mastery on it. While they work, it's actually really easy to get a solid, stable setup with even the stock bridge if you know what you're doing.
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I couldn't have said it better if I tried.

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Re: Floating bridge in a setup

Post by Jazzmonster Jones » Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:41 pm

You can always use an eyeballometer too.
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Re: Floating bridge in a setup

Post by Debaser » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:56 am

There is no way to ensure that the rocking bridge returns to Top Dead Center. Yes, increased string friction helps the bride resist ratcheting to one side, but in my experience, it still gets thrown from position. I attribute this to how one uses the trem. Rapid up-down vibrato, wide vibrato and deep dives will all cause the bridge to drift. With light use, the standard rocking bridge more reliably return to ‘TDC’.

This is the reason I didn’t mind letting go of my two Staytrems, they would always move to one side, and I had to return it to the center by eye. For this reason I stick with Mastery on my main JM, and a Tele-saddled DIY bridge on the Squier, with nylon bushings to minimize the rocking. I want some movement basically, but I do expect the strings to ‘slide’ differentially. Wound strings will resist moving versus the plain strings. YMMV.
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Re: Floating bridge in a setup

Post by jorri » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:24 am

Yes it can be a bit random. More angle? less angle? guage of strings? I've had it start doing it will all of those, but most certainly when i mistakingly put graphite on it!

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