I'm building a 6-string electric license plate guitar with a hardtail bridge. Most of the builds I've seen use floating bridges and tailpieces, so I'm having a little trouble figuring this out on my own. Does the area under the bridge need to be perfectly flat? I can see the added height causing problems with neck angle and so forth; I'm already cutting a hole for the humbucker, so I could just cut out another hole for the bridge and screw it down to a block in the neck. Or I could just install the thing and not worry.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Hi Vincent, I would always have the bridge on a flat firm surface for better response from the strings, better sustain. I aim for a bridge/saddle height of between 1/2" to 5/8", then adjust the neck angle to give the desired string action over the 12th fret, possibly 2mm for a non-slide setup.
I would set this up by having the saddles adjusted mid-way up so that you have height adjustment both ways should you need it.
I hope this helps Taff
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