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Es-335 Bridge Positioning, Or Alternatives


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As I am building an ES-335 style body shape guitar, I have been googling around and looking at various examples of these guitars. I have noticed that most have what lookes like a TOM bridge and a hard stop tailpice, and that the bridges all seem to be mounted at a slight angle, with the treble end of the bridge placed slightly forward.

Now having had problems in the past with intonation on a Les Paul copy that I owned (couldn't get enough adjustment from the TOM style bridge) I am suspicious that they all need this angle to get the intonation to work. So does anyone know what the actual placement of the bridge is on an ES-335? Also, are there alternative bridges with more adjustment that would be better for me to use instead?

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Yeah, I think the general rule with TOM-style bridges is to first position the bridge correctly, perpendicular to the centerline, and then angle the bass side back 1/8".

If you check out Stewmac, they have a bridge position calculator.

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