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If you type your scale length into the StewMac Fret Calculator it gives you the drilling locations for a variety of different bridges. That, measuring several times to check that it will be correct, using the right tools, and a bit of common sense, and you should be in good shape.

Edit: make sure you know the TRUE scale length. Although Les Pauls are usually listed as 24.75", they are often slightly different.

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The ABR part is slanted on an LP as you've probably seen, with the bass side closer to the tailpiece than the treble side. To place the bridge, measure the scale length from the nut, when you reach the scale length, use that to place the treble side mounting screw, and then slant it on the bass side from there.

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The ABR part is slanted on an LP as you've probably seen, with the bass side closer to the tailpiece than the treble side. To place the bridge, measure the scale length from the nut, when you reach the scale length, use that to place the treble side mounting screw, and then slant it on the bass side from there.

If you check the stewmac calculator and type in a scale length of 24.75 (for example, I don't know what the true scale of the guitar in question is), you'll notice that the treble-side post should be located at 24.811" give or take .030".

You want the high E saddle to sit at the scale length when it's adjusted forward, so the post needs to sit a little further back.

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