Lateral play in Gibraltar-III retrofit: need advice
I'm working on a project where (among other things) I'm replacing a wrap-around style bridge with a string-through setup. I'm referring to the style similar to what's on the Ibanez SZ series or Schecter C-series, where the strings are loaded from the rear, pass through ferrules to the front of the body, and then over a tunematic style bridge.
I bought an Ibanez Gibraltar III style (SZ series) bridge which is unique in that the stud spacing closely matches the 3-1/4" spacing found on many wrap-around style bridges and tailpieces. This differs from most tunematic-style bridges, which have a ~2.9" spacing.
My problem is that although the spacing is very close, there is a small (~2mm) amount of lateral play when I set the G-III bridge in place. I'm wondering if this amount of play might be acceptable, or if it would be a "deal killer" in terms of using the original anchor holes? I'd obviously prefer to not have to pull the old anchors and redrill just to make up 2mm of slack, but I'm concerned that everytime I bend a string, the bridge might shift side-to-side. It's possible that once I string it up, the string tension will hold the bridge firmly in place, but I'm not sure how much that'll help for lateral motion. Plus I can't string it up until I drill the holes for the ferrules and if this bridge isn't gonna work, I might end up staying with the original wraparound bridge.
Anyone with advice?