removing and re-fixing bridge plate

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  1. SPECTRUM001

    SPECTRUM001 TDPRI Member

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    Hello - hoping someone can help answer a quick question.

    When I screwed my neck back in place, I was careful not to over-tighten the bolt plate screws - so as not to pillow the plate and subsequently dig into the body.

    Is this a similar logic for the bridge plate, and if so, would it be the same on a floating (Jazzmaster) Tremolo ?

    thanks in advance !
     
  2. Telecentric

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    I think that "not over tightening" is probably your best course of action regarding all guitar hardware.
     
  3. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'd say all screws. Turn it till is starts fighting you, then give it a slight nudge more and you're home.
     
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    you mean you are NOT using a digital torque-wrench?
     
  5. SPECTRUM001

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    cool - thanks !
     
  6. tessting1two

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    On a tele bridge plate you'll know it's been overtightened if the front of the plate has lifted off the body. Because a tele is stringed through the body, the string tension does not pull against the mounting screws, so there's no reason to over-torque those mounting screws.

    Neck screws are a bit more forgiving. The secret is to tighten the 4 screws evenly. If you torque any one of the screws too much relative to the others it will cause that corner of the neck plate to dig into the finish and compress. The strength of the neck plate is also very important. If the neck plate deforms that will cause it to dig into the finish as well.
     
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    Doesn't everyone have one?:)
     
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