Dies my stop bar tailpiece look squint?

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  1. AJ Ray

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    Yes it does appear to be, but I’ve just done some measuring on screen with callipers and I reckon the tailpiece is parallel with the pickups and the last fret. Not very accurate admittedly, but you could do the same with a decent ruler on the real thing. I suspect it’s the bridge being slightly slanted for intonation that’s making the tailpiece look askew.

    It’s a very pretty Gordon Smith anyway.
     
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    Not sure I understand what you're asking (I'm an old guy and not up on how a lot of words have new meanings).

    But if you're asking if the tailpiece is not straight --- I did this to see. The tiniest bit off maybe but mainly the figured top gives the illusion that it's off more than it is:
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    AndyPanda is right. I think the lines of the wood grain make it appear slightly crooked.
     
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    A bit annoying but it's not getting at me too much just now as the sounds, for me at least are great. Feels good too. I don't understand how this could happen though? Surely there are procedures in place when building ? I find song go spread overly critical of the builders mind
     
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    If I "squint" my eyes, it doesn't look too bad :).

    But seriously, it's the combination of the bridge being off one way and the tailpiece being off the other way.

    It's a good looking guitar and I'm sure it'll play fine.

    That's an unusual and exceptional looking top, between the grain and the flame it has a sort of checkerboard pattern to it.
     
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    Surely the tailpiece is adjustable, so you could straighten it a little.
    Then it will be less out of line with the bridge & the angle of the bridge won't be as noticeable.
     
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    AJ - have you checked whether or not the tailpiece is parallel to the pickups or the frets? I bet a simple check with a ruler would put your mind at rest.
     
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    Looks to me like maybe the left side is "fully seated" against the post but the right side isn't. See that 'C' shaped horn sticking up on the bass side but not on the treble side?
     
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    I don't see that it is adjustable apart from the height and as car as I can see if appears to be seated both sides
     
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    I thought about maybe filing down the c shape on the bar on the treble side in order that it sits further forward and doesn't catch my eye so much?
     
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    First things first;

    Does the guitar play well, stay in tune, and intonate correctly?

    Then it's just fine.
    :)
     
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    It does all those things. Purely a visual thing with me.
     
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    It's a veneer on the top. Solid mahogany body. More sg than les Paul
     
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    I also have to wonder if it really makes a difference?
     
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    I'm not the first owner so I have no comeback with the builder regardless so I suppose I should just get over it and play the heck ouf of it
     
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    If you have the tools you could drill and tap the stop tail and install a 4-40 grub screw like a wraptail bridge. Then you can square it up. Good luck on your project,
    Rob
     
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    Send it to me.

    I’ll dispose of it.
     
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    Just a little update. I have contacted gordon smith and they have suggested that it does look a little off and that this can happen as they do everything by hand and the body can move during the process however it will not affect the playability in any way. I feel like I got this on a very good deal so I'm not hugely fussed. I must say any emails and phone calls I have had with the company have been extremely professional and courteous. Still happy though
     
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    Every Gordon Smith I’ve played (and I’ve played many) have been nothing less than great. It’s barely noticeable this way round..

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    No one, including you will notice when it’s being played
     
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