Welcome Guest! To enable all features please Login or Register.

Notification

Icon
Error

Floating bridge height adjustment
Vladimir
#1 Posted : 8/3/2009 3:51:40 AM
Vladimir


Groups: Member
Joined: 1/18/2008(UTC)
Posts: 187
Location: Croatia
Was thanked: 1 time(s) in 1 post(s)
How do you adjust the height on a floating bridge (AF,PM) when the jagged wheels just won't turn because of the string pressure. I tried to turn 'em counter-clock wise with my fingers but it just won't turn, so I took some thin pliers and stuffed a cloth not to scrape it. Is there a more proper way?
On my fixed bridge AS93 it's easy 'cause you can use a screwdriver on the top of the peg.
Any suggestions?

"Practice cures most tone issues."

- John Suhr
Tflanster
#2 Posted : 8/3/2009 11:45:39 AM

Groups: Member
Joined: 9/29/2007(UTC)
Posts: 408
Location: United States
Thanks: 1 times
Loosen the strings
An aged British writer walks into a bar . . .
Vladimir
#3 Posted : 8/3/2009 11:57:48 AM
Vladimir


Groups: Member
Joined: 1/18/2008(UTC)
Posts: 187
Location: Croatia
Was thanked: 1 time(s) in 1 post(s)
Tflanster wrote:
Loosen the strings


Nah, I need the instant feedback when playing around with the action. I didn't mention I'm doing this while changing the string gauge so I'm also adjusting the trust rod and checking for strings bottoming out on the frets.

"Practice cures most tone issues."

- John Suhr
ibnzdad
#4 Posted : 8/3/2009 12:52:28 PM
ibnzdad


Groups: Member
Joined: 12/6/2006(UTC)
Posts: 1,036
Location: United States
Was thanked: 15 time(s) in 15 post(s)
You will have to loosen the strings. But since you are
changing strings this shouldn't be a problem.

What I would do is set the bridge a little higher than
you think you will need it. That way it will be easier
to adjust down than up.

Outline the bridge with a couple of layers of masking tape
before you do anything. Doing so will provide you with a
reference point should the bridge move.

JoeM
#5 Posted : 8/3/2009 7:42:39 PM

Groups: Member
Joined: 9/9/2006(UTC)
Posts: 68
Man
Location: So Calif
I have several archtops with bridges like the one you mention. Make sure both the bridge bottom, where it contacts the adjustment wheel, and the wheel itself are smooth. (When you do your next string change and can remove the bridge). I've had to use very fine sandpaper, automotive stuff like 2000 grit, and polish both pieces. Then before putting the bridge together a very small amount of teflon oil on the wheel. I can adust any of them now, even with heavy strings on without loosening the strings.
Vladimir
#6 Posted : 8/4/2009 2:42:46 AM
Vladimir


Groups: Member
Joined: 1/18/2008(UTC)
Posts: 187
Location: Croatia
Was thanked: 1 time(s) in 1 post(s)
JoeM wrote:
. Then before putting the bridge together a very small amount of teflon oil on the wheel. I can adust any of them now, even with heavy strings on without loosening the strings.


Thanks, seems like a viable idea.

"Practice cures most tone issues."

- John Suhr
Users browsing this topic
Guest
Forum Jump  
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.