Re: Why do they do setups like this?
Part of a basic setup is balancing the tension between the strings and springs. This could be the first time the guitar is ever set up or if you changed something that required a new setup. Obviously if it's the first setup ever done on the guitar the balance has never been set. If it's already been set, anything that you change on the guitar that would change the tensions on the strings or springs would cause the bridge to no longer sit level. Meaning you have to do this particular part of setting the bridge level again. This would require you rebalance the string-spring tensions so that the bridge does sit flat. Using a block as shown is a quick and easy way to do this. That is why people use this technique.
There are several ways to do this, what I have been describing is just one of those ways. Some people like to do it this way, others do not. It's whatever works for you.
Those videos are not the be-all, end-all of guitar setup & repair. Just because the things I mentioned were not shown in the videos does not mean that they don't exist. People do change string gauges or swap out bridges. If they do change these things they will need to redo part or all of the setup.
If you don't understand the concept by now I don't know if you'll get it anytime soon. I don't know how much clearer I can make things. Maybe someone else can try explaining it differently to you.
*Edit. Also, as rich said you do not want to pull all the strings off of those types of bridges otherwise the bridge will fly off the posts. The only way to safely take all of the strings off at once would be to loosen all the tension off the springs... meaning unscrew the spring claw to the point where you could take the springs off. So when you would go to put everything back together you could use this technique to get it all back setup properly.
Last edited by madasahatter; 02-08-2021 at 04:58 PM.