Will a crooked bridge matter?

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  1. dscottyg

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    I just got a 2021 American Ultra. I noticed the bridge plate is slightly crooked, making the bridge pickup pole pieces slightly off center of the strings. Do you that will matter? 0E402C40-1376-419F-96D8-D3692E7EA192.jpeg
     
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    It won't matter sonically but does paying good money for sloppy workmanship matter?
     
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    If you don't mind me chipping in, then I would send that back pronto.
     
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    That's one of the high-dollar Ultras??
     
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    The plate is misaligned to the pickguard too. How centered are the strings on the fingerboard?
     
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    Personally, for that kind of money, I would expect it to be right. If returning it as an option and doing an exchange, I would do that. Otherwise, I will check to see if the bridge is actually crooked or if it’s just the pickguard that is misaligned. If the former, I would think that would be a bigger deal. Though, if you’re OCD it will bother you either way.
     
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    Exactly. If I wanted that much slop in a guitar I'd build it myself.
     
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    This would also be me.
     
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    Loosen the bridge plate securing screws enough to shift the plate clockwise. It is surprising what a
    few thousandths of movement will do. If not a good result then send back.
    I've had to readjust the plate on several to get the alignment correct especially on MIM but have
    seen this on much more expensive Fenders.
    I suspect when the plates are installed one screw at a time the force of the power tool on the screw head
    contact jerks the plate off center.
     
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    In addition to this, it could also be a touch of neck pocket slip. Loosen the neck screws and pull the headstock towards the bass side of the body then retighten the screws. (Might be a two sets of hands job). It happens sometimes with bolt on necks.
     
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    Yikes.

    I've seen lots of bridges that are not where they should be, but "attached somewhere on the front of the guitar" is not an acceptable tolerance.

    Look closely; that bridge is rotated more that 1/16" from where it needs to be. That is not caused by camera parallax, and that is not a pickguard on the wrong place.

    No way would I accept that. I'd send it back.

    I'd be embarassed if I were a Fender employee.

    [​IMG]
     
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    you see that the saddles are standing \\\\\
    when you could move the plate by using the upper left screw as turning point and push the back/under side of the plate to the left.
    ore
    use right upper crew as turning point an move the back to the left.
    it would align everything if the pickup hole is big enough to allow that adjustment.

    maybe the bridgeplate is perfect but the holes in the guitar are not?
     
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    IME, with that amount of misalignment, you won’t be able to correct it visually 100% with the screws. It will always be crooked.

    With this type of saddles, it should not cause any issue tone wise because the strings seem to take off correctly. But it sure looks sloppy and as everyone already said, I would send it back pronto.
     
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    That should never passed Quality Control, assuming producing quality instruments is part of the Fender ethos.

    The suggestions about unscrewing and realigning it are flawed because:
    1. You shouldn't have to; that's a top $dollar instrument; send it back. Fender needs to be aware it's sending out poor quality instruments.
    2. The bridge has the two/front screws at the top of the bridge. Yes, you may be able loosen the 3 or 4 #6 x 1 inch screws & realign it but using @Peegoo's estimate of 1/16th out, that would mean the two front screws holes would need to be plugged/filled and re-drilled. The alternative is:
    3. See 1 above.
    Let us know what you decide to do.
     
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    I don't like that either- unless it played fantastic that is one of the few that is not good enough
     
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    Ya, $1899.
     
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    If the angle of the photo is directly above the bridge it looks way off. Since the mounting holes that are in the bridge plate are counter sunk it seems highly unlikely that it can be easily fixed by loosening the screws and attempting to move the brige. If it was purchased new I'd send it back. If bought used, that may explain why it was sold.
    It is more probable on a tele that the pickguard would be off, but from the photo the bridge is not acceptable.
     
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    Hi.

    2021 model, so I assume bought new. If so, that seems like a simple and straightforward thing - back it goes.

    If not, then it will depend on the specifics of the sale I guess.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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    Looks like with all the issues going on in the world, that Fender were short staffed and got the office junior to do some drill work.
     
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