#1
Hi there.

I have a question for you guys - when it comes to adjusting the bridge on a Les Paul-type guitar, like on the picture here:

Les Paul Bridge

What would the 'right' height be? I tried searching a little on this, but couldn't really find anything.. What would you guys say??

THANKS!
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#4
Gibson isn't consistent in its manufacture, so you can't expect that two bridges adjusted to the same height will give you the same result in action height.
#5
Gibson recommends 4/64 of an inch on the treble side and 6/64 of an inch on the bass side when measured at the 12th fret. (Go buy a scale if you need to)
But yeah, if you like it low, get it as low as you can without fret buzz. If you like it high, make it high. It's really up to you.

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Gibson isn't consistent in its manufacture, so you can't expect that two bridges adjusted to the same height will give you the same result in action height.


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Gibson isn't consistent in its manufacture, so you can't expect that two bridges adjusted to the same height will give you the same result in action height.



Neck set angle has a +- tolerance and the carved top (a possible measurement reference point if simply measuring bridge height) shape/profile can also vary.

It really doesn't matter who makes the guitar the reference for bridge adjustments are all based on measuring string height over some point on the fingerboard.
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#8
If the neck is straight with no fret problems the bridge height can be whatever you want it to be. I like a 10's with low action but there are great players who like a high action. SRV comes mind. Jimmy Vaughn says SRV liked big thick strings and very high action. It's up to you.
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#9
As already stated, the neck angles vary quite a lot so the bridges have to be adjusted accordingly. Just want to add that you'd want to adjust the tailpiece with the bridge, such as to not put too much tension on the bridge with a too high of a break angle. (One of the nicer options with a tailpiece instead of a through-body anchorment with a TOM-bridge... too high neck angle on one of those and you're screwed.)
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