#1
Ok I have a Takamine EG544SC-4C. Stupidly long name.. but anyway I noticed a cracking noise while tuning my guitar a few days ago. Yesterday I noticed the strings were downtuned everytime I picked the guitar up. I decided to change the strings and when i went to pull out the pegs, I noticed the bridge seemed to be ripping off! So, I need to get this repaired but I have some questions.

I have been planning to get the action lowered on my guitar at some point, but I do not know how this works as I have never done it before. Would it be more practical to get the bridge repaired at the same time as having the action lowered or are they unrelated? Also, can someone give me some price estimates for both bridge repair and lowering the action? Thanks a lot guys!
#2
If you need to have a new bridge installed/your current one repaired, the action has to be set anyway.

The action is the distance the strings are from your neck, so a low action is very easy to play but comes with a risk of fret buzz.

Wherever you have the guitar repaired should be able to do a complete guitar setup for you, at very little cost. This should include putting new strings on the guitar, as well as setting up the action and the intonation.

[EDIT] The intonation is basically how 'in tune' your guitar is. The open note on the string should be exactly the same as the note on the 12th fret, if it is not, then the intonation is wrong. Like i said, the shop should do this for you.
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#4
Quote by Deek_13
How do you fix intonation/action on an acoustic?

I am not entirely sure. I believe it would depend on what kind bridge the guitar has, if it is possible at all.

Someone else may be able to tell you, i'm no expert!
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#5
Quote by Deek_13
How do you fix intonation/action on an acoustic?


Intonation is set when the bridge is attatched. As far as I know theres no easy way to change intonation if its off on an acoustic.
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Quote by johnos
Intonation is set when the bridge is attatched. As far as I know theres no easy way to change intonation if its off on an acoustic.

Yes, there is. A compensated saddle can fix the intonation on an acoustic, no problem. If your saddle is not compensated, and needs an adjustment in intonation, you can adjust it slightly by sanding an angle into the saddle under a string that needs the necessary adjustment.
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#7
There you go...
thats one question solved.
Good luck with the whole bridge ripping off thing.
#8
Thanks for the input everyone! What I actually ended up doing was taking it to the local shop where I bought it, and they were completely shocked that the bridge would rip off. Apparently, in any respectable guitar, the tension in the strings should never be strong enough to tear the bridge from the body of the guitar. Even if you uptuned your guitar infinitely high, the strings would snap before the bridge would fail. They immediately switched it with an identical model and I left satisfied.

However, when I got home and played my guitar, I immediately noticed two dark circles on the bridge that I never noticed on the guitar that broke. It seems there are two pins holding the bridge to the body of the guitar in addition to the standard wood glue. So the whole thing must have been a freak manufacturing mistake where they forgot to put in the reinforcing pins. At least that is what I've concluded.

Anyway after all of this, I still want to experiment with lowering the action and maybe even getting a higher quality saddle. Any suggestions?
#9
Quote by knivessout
However, when I got home and played my guitar, I immediately noticed two dark circles on the bridge that I never noticed on the guitar that broke. It seems there are two pins holding the bridge to the body of the guitar in addition to the standard wood glue. So the whole thing must have been a freak manufacturing mistake where they forgot to put in the reinforcing pins. At least that is what I've concluded.


A bridge pulling off isn't very common, but it does happen. It happens more in places that jump back and fourth (a lot) between low and high hummidity. You are correct about the reinforcing pins (they are actually bolts and on lots of their guitars will be covered with an MOP inlay) and the fact that because of them this almost never happens to takamine guitars.

As for the action and a new saddle. Bone is nice. You might have a hard time finding something premade that will fit your guitar, which means you might have to take it to a luthier to get it fit, but that not all that expensive and is well worth the price.
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#10
Yeah, similiar thing is happening to me...except it's on my 10$ ukulele fitted with acoustic guitar strings....!
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#11
Quote by Rob Busch
Yeah, similiar thing is happening to me...except it's on my 10$ ukulele fitted with acoustic guitar strings....!


Try buying a better ukulele and put ukulele strings on it?

knivesout:
I'm glad you managed to get your guitar sorted out, a new guitar is better than a new bridge!
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