#1
Hi

On my Fender Stratocaster the bridge is tilting away from the body, whereas on my stratocaster copy, the bridge is touching the body. Like this:

http://img196.imageshack.us/i/dsc00775st.jpg/

http://img26.imageshack.us/i/dsc00776dc.jpg/

Can you tell me hich is the correct position for the bidge? And also, if it doesn't matter, does the position of the bridge affect sustain or anything like that?

Thanks.
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#2
I VERY much prefer my bridge flat on the body (no float), and spring there pretty tight!
Helps a lot with tuning, plus double-stops stay much truer.

Since you've got a two screw bridge, a little float is ok, as long as you like it that way, and it's set up (intonation and action) properly.

That picture looks like it's up way too high, though.

I doubt you'll notice much difference in sustain, but you WILL notice that it's much trickier to keep intonated and in tune.
#3
According to Fender the correct way they should be is 3mm off the body so that's what I stick with. It works for me and my intonation is great and I've never had any problems with tuning.

There you go the owners manual
http://www.fender.com/support/manuals/pdfs/instr_owners/FenderGuitarsAndBasses2003.pdf
I just set it up my strat to there specification and then adjusted a few things slightly from that to my own preferences.
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#4
Ok thanks. Can anyone else help me?
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I VERY much prefer my bridge flat on the body (no float), and spring there pretty tight!
Helps a lot with tuning, plus double-stops stay much truer.

Since you've got a two screw bridge, a little float is ok, as long as you like it that way, and it's set up (intonation and action) properly.

That picture looks like it's up way too high, though.

I doubt you'll notice much difference in sustain, but you WILL notice that it's much trickier to keep intonated and in tune.



Ok, so are you not supposed to be able to make notes higher with the whammy bar? Because if the bridge is flush with body, then you can't.
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#7
My strat bridge is flat on the body as well, and I can't rev up (make the notes higher as you say) my whammy either. Makes sense, since you can't push the bridge through the body eh?

You want to be able to rev up, heighten the bridge I guess. Although I think some Strat tremolo's have a sort of 'locked' tremblock that you can only push down on. Just talking speculation here... seems the most logical to me. So don't pin me on this
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Honestly mate either way works it depends on whether or not it meets your needs. I prefer all mine sitting flush on the body but whatever works for you is best for you.