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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-23-2020, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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JEM-505 Original Edge Tilted?

First off, this is my first guitar with a floating bridge so I am unfamiliar with what should be the norm.

I just purchased a white JEM-505 and was inspecting the guitar and noticed a few peculiar things. First off the bridge is not level on both sides; when looking at the bridge down the neck from the head to the bridge, the right side of the bridge is higher than the left. This may be due to the fact that the right post is higher than the left (by post I mean where the knife edges sit.) by a few millimeters. The right post measures 8mm from the body and the left post measures about 5.5mm from the body. Should the posts be the same height from the body?

Picture of the uneven bridge:

Picture of the right post measured:

Picture of the left post measured:

One other thing I noticed as well is that the claw is screwed in slightly uneven from the body, below you can see in the picture that the right screw and consequently the right side of the claw is slightly higher than the left screw and left side of the claw.

Does this affect anything as well?

Thanks in advanced for any feedback!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-23-2020, 03:03 AM
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Re: JEM-505 Original Edge Tilted?

Since 6th string is thicker then first this is normal. Has to be this way. Claw screws also are ok too, (unless claw is sticking out of cavity).
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-23-2020, 03:33 AM
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Re: JEM-505 Original Edge Tilted?

Everything is fine. The trem posts are used to set the action and don't need to be the same height. To avoid wear on the posts/knife edges you shouldn't really adjust them under string tension. The picture from the back shows the fine tuners, they are different heights because the fine tuners are set different.. It would appear you're very new to the Floyd Rose bridge design, I suggest you research setting up a Floyd Rose (and/or Edge) to understand all the moving parts, anyway everything is fine.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-23-2020, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Re: JEM-505 Original Edge Tilted?

Thanks for the feedback guys, I understand that the fine tuners will be varying heights, I was just worried that the right post was higher than the left post and subsequently the right side of the bridge was floating higher than the left side of the bridge but if you guys think everything is fine and should be that way then that is a relief.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-24-2020, 11:55 AM
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Re: JEM-505 Original Edge Tilted?

You've gotten yourself a nice one there, the 505s are excellent guitars
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