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mike in lytle
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« on: September 05, 2018, 08:31:59 PM »

 
Okay, the bridge on the 95 L-10 BZ is coming loose. I can slip a credit card from behind it as far as the bridge pins. The side wings are ok.
I've had  the guitar for 18 months, and had it setup shortly after I got it. Ended up with my preferred low action and about .04 of saddle left at the high E (see picture, ignore the dust).
If the bridge wasn't getting loose I'd play it just like it is forever.

The guitar is in the same shape as when I got it, very stable. Putting a straightedge on it anywhere doesn't show any weirdness, and the straightedge hits the bridge about .05 below the top of the bridge (my 2006 L-09 is the same). Not enough for a neck reset.

But now that I am going to get it repaired, I asked Larrivee about shorter bridges and was told they will make one for me, just tell them how tall.
The bridge is .380 in the middle and I'd like to take it to .330, so I will end up with .09 or so saddle at the high E. That is within the range they can make.
This will also result in a straightedge along the frets landing on top of the bridge.

Altho I "could" have the bridge re-profiled, it is a bridge with inlays and I want to keep the original bridge so in case I sell the guitar someday I can pass along the unmodified bridge.
I will let you all know how it turns out.
Mike
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2018, 09:33:46 PM »

This happens. It happened to me. It needs to be reglued. I gather you bought it used. Someone likely did not pay enough attention to humidity. Watch your hydration, folks.   
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2018, 03:38:41 AM »

If it was in my shop I would pop it off,take off some of the thickness and reglue it.Then do the happy 




 
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 11:14:28 AM »

I'd reprofile the bridge and plan on a neck reset sometime in the future. Going with a new, thinner bridge wouldn't make much sense when the current one isn't overly thick and it's likely the neck is the problem seeing as how the saddle is bottomed out. Just lower this bridge until you have to reset the neck.

If you really want to preserve this bridge, just get the neck reset now. A bridge like that is expensive anyway so resetting the neck may allow you to keep this bridge. If you sand it down now, you might want to replace it after an eventual reset so that you're starting over with an ideal bridge. .

First thing I'd do is remove the bridge to get a better idea of what's going on. I've had bridges like that which ended up being too warped to replace without major sanding. Sanding down the wings to compensate for a concave center can only go so far. Remove it and make sure nothing else is going on. That the guitar isn't bellied.
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2018, 08:28:45 PM »

I'd go with a neck reset now, too. In the long run, you're going to end up spending less money.

If this guitar has a truss rod and decent frets, all you should need is the reset, which would probably run $350-500, depending on who does it for you (make sure you know the person has experience with neck resets!).

And... *most* folks agree that the guitar's tone improves noticeably after the neck reset has had time to settle in (3-6 months; 12 months max).
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