#1
hey, i just got a gibson les paul studio not to long ago. i got to looking at it and the bridge isn't on the body all the way, as if i could turn the screws on the stopbar and put it closer to the body. my question is can i set the bridge closer to the body or will this mess anything up?

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#2
That'll lower your action considerably, and your strings will be rendered useless. Don't do it.
#3
The tailpiece? If you lower it, it creates more tension on the strings, which might pull it out of tune more often. If u wanna try something cool, thread the strings in backwards, wrap em around the tailpiece, and string em normally from there. Helps with sustain and you can get wider vibrato from it.
#4
its supposed to be that way, it was set up for string height. if you take off all the strings at once, you'll probably find that it isn't even attached, it'll fall right off. its the string tension that keeps it on, meaning moving it will hugely affect your strings.
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#5
Now are you talking about the bridge or the stopbar? Two different things.
#6
sorry, i call it all a bridge, its a habit. i actually mean the stopbar. it's the piece with two screws in it, right? it's setting quite a bit from the body. i was wondering if i could tighten the screws up a bit, to put the strings closer to the pickups.
#7
Quote by HunterXtreem
sorry, i call it all a bridge, its a habit. i actually mean the stopbar. it's the piece with two screws in it, right? it's setting quite a bit from the body. i was wondering if i could tighten the screws up a bit, to put the strings closer to the pickups.


You can but if you bring it too close you will get fret buzz...
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#8
The stopbar holds the ends of the strings behind the saddle... Lowering the stopbar won't lower you strings along the fretboard. Lowering the Saddle does that.
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#9
If you lower the stopbar too much and put too much pressure over the strings, forcing them to break over the back edge of the bridge instead of over the saddles, it could lead to increased string breakage.

As far as threading them backwards through the stop tail, this is done sometimes to lower the stopbar closer to the body. Some people think this increases sustain. Practically speaking, I don't notice a difference. What it does though is create a shallower angle between the stopbar and the bridge saddles, so not lowering the stopbar in that situation means you have less string tension holding the strings in the saddles if you strum heavily or bend a lot.

If there isn't anything wrong with the sound, there shouldn't be any need to make the adjustment. It's not a big deal if you do, it's jsut generally unnecessary.