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Js 700 bridge question

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Hi folks,
I am interested in perhaps purchasing a used JS 700. However, the pictures I have seen of the guitars I am thinking of buying show the bridge to be slightly angled so that the treble side is closer to the neck. This is what I see on Les Pauls and such. However, the pictures from the Ibanez website and catalog show the bridge to be straight across.

Can anyone who actually has one tell me whether the bridge is straight across or is angled?

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You are an astute observer!

Yes, they were very inconsistent in how they drilled the post holes on the JS700. Some are indeed straight across -- you do not want one of those because they will not intonate properly. I've exchanged messages (and there may be old posts here) from owners who had trouble intonating the straight-across ones, but I've never owned one. I have had 2 with the angled bridge and both intonate correctly.

It's not just a Japan vs Korea difference (JS700s were made in both countries, though the MIJs are far less common). I've been puzzled for a long time as to how they managed to get it both ways. Perhaps they used multiple factories in Korea and only one of them was setup correctly.
The Short Stop II bridge does have little allen screws on the rear of the bridge that push against the posts and enable some fore/aft adjustment (angulation) for setting intonation. However, as I mentioned earlier, some users have found that the amount of adjustment was insufficient to properly set the intonation on JS700s having straight across posts.

I can't remember the username but the last guy to contact me about this problem was a Jemsiter from Germany who was very frustrated with his JS700 and wound up unloading the guitar. Apparently it hasn't been a problem for some others -- Like Rich said, any bridge can be put in the wrong place but your chances of having problems seem to be greater on the non-angled variant. A few mm's can screw it up.
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