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I noticed recently that when I bend the high E, the note chokes out. After inspection, its very clear that strings are not perfectly centered in the bridge saddles, the worst being on the high E.

I took the strings off and removed the bridge to take a look at everything, and the saddles were freely moving when I had the bridge off. I was hoping that putting it back on with strings would fix it, but no luck.

Anyone have advice on how I can fix this?
 

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I noticed recently that when I bend the high E, the note chokes out. After inspection, its very clear that strings are not perfectly centered in the bridge saddles, the worst being on the high E.

I took the strings off and removed the bridge to take a look at everything, and the saddles were freely moving when I had the bridge off. I was hoping that putting it back on with strings would fix it, but no luck.

Anyone have advice on how I can fix this?
I thought the Gibraltar III bridge was pretty bulletproof, but if you need a new one they are not too expensive. Great guitars!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ibanez-Gib...428986&hash=item46a2358640:g:XkkAAOSwMnVd0vtW

You sure it's not choking out on a high fret? Is your action set up super low?
 

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I don't think its a fret choking it, because I purposefully left the action higher when I put it back together. Only a few more posts until I can post pictures :)

You can tell by looking at it that the strings (most obvious on the high E, but really all of them) are not parallel to the opening in the middle of the bridge saddles, if that makes sense.

That is the strange thing, like you said it is pretty bullet proof, so I doubt it's something wrong with the bridge, at least not something that can't be fixed. When I had it taken apart, there aren't that many moving pieces, so I'm hoping its something simple and stupid that I overlooked :grin2:
 

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This is my 5th post so maybe i can edit it and add the link to pictures now...
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I think your bridge may be in backwards... The screw heads on the adjusters are supposed to face away from the pickups. I'll have to double check on my SZ when I get home from work, but a quick google image search seems to show them facing the other way. Of course, if your guitar is intonated properly right now, flipping the bridge will jack up the intonation, but it may solve the string choking issue.

By the way... Those colored pickup rings and pickups look cool!
 

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I think your bridge may be in backwards... The screw heads on the adjusters are supposed to face away from the pickups. I'll have to double check on my SZ when I get home from work, but a quick google image search seems to show them facing the other way. Of course, if your guitar is intonated properly right now, flipping the bridge will jack up the intonation, but it may solve the string choking issue.

By the way... Those colored pickup rings and pickups look cool!
Wow, I bet you are right. After looking at some pics online it does seem that mine is backwards. Very strange, I have no memory of ever taking it off in the last ~15 years, and I know I put it back the same way a few weeks ago when I took it off.

I actually was having issues intonating it a few weeks ago so I gave up, but this could also help to explain those issues.

Hopefully will find time to mess with it over the next few days and see if I can get it bendable and intonated :)
 

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I checked mine tonight and the saddle adjustment screws do face away from the pickups, so flipping it may help the string choking and intonation.

I need to use mine more often... Great guitars!
 

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Update - I had some time over the holidays so I removed the strings and flipped the bridge as suggested, and all problems are solved! I was able to intonate and now can bend freely. This also allowed me to lower the action lower than I ever had it, and makes the guitar feel better for me. I got a Stewmac notched straight edge for Christmas, so I also adjusted the truss rod to get the neck straight. Guitar feels 10x better than it did over the last few years.

Now I just need to get some new pickups as the Super Distortion is not impressing me in the bridge position. The stock ESP pickup in the neck that I took off another guitar sounds better.

Anyways, thanks for the suggestion about flipping the bridge, which did turn out to be the issue.
 

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Update - I had some time over the holidays so I removed the strings and flipped the bridge as suggested, and all problems are solved! I was able to intonate and now can bend freely. This also allowed me to lower the action lower than I ever had it, and makes the guitar feel better for me. I got a Stewmac notched straight edge for Christmas, so I also adjusted the truss rod to get the neck straight. Guitar feels 10x better than it did over the last few years.

Now I just need to get some new pickups as the Super Distortion is not impressing me in the bridge position. The stock ESP pickup in the neck that I took off another guitar sounds better.

Anyways, thanks for the suggestion about flipping the bridge, which did turn out to be the issue.
Awesome... Glad its sorted out now. I didn't like the Distortion bridge p/u either, so I put a Norton in my 320 (supposed to "open up the sound" of mahogany set-neck guitars, plus I'm a big Neal Schon fan). It's much better, but still has vintage style output and not super hot. I like hot pickups, but I have other guitars for that. Good luck with it!

https://www.dimarzio.com/pickups/medium-power/norton
 
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