String spacing on my new G6118T

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  1. pnikola007

    pnikola007 Electromatic

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    Jan 14, 2019
    Skopje, Macedonia
    Hi. I just got my new G6118T anniversiry. Sounds fine, but my OCD kicked in, so i noticed that the strings are lined more toward the high-e.
    Is there a cure for this, so that the space between the edges of the fretboard and the high and low strings are equal?
    Mind that the bridge is pinned.

    Sorry about the spelling. I am from Skopje, Macedonia...:)
     
  2. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    If the bridge is really pinned (which would be quite rare on 6118 models, afaik) you have to un-pin it to solve that problem.
     
  3. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

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    Welcome to the forum . How about some pictures
     
  4. pnikola007

    pnikola007 Electromatic

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    Jan 14, 2019
    Skopje, Macedonia
    Its rocking bar pinned.
     

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  5. pnikola007

    pnikola007 Electromatic

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    Jan 14, 2019
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    I dont know 8f you see it.
     

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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

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    Love the color . Always wished I had one
     
  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Welcome to the forum, pnikola007!
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  8. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

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    Believe the 6118 comes with the Space Control Bridge. If this is the case it's a simple matter of rolling the 'string wheels' along the threaded bar. Some fine tuning afterwards to re-set the spacing and for this a Vernier caliper would help. Leave the bridge pinned.
     
  9. BrianW

    BrianW Synchromatic

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    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver Island
    Good call benjwri.. if it has a space control bridge that's the answer. A picture of the bridge ?
     
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  10. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    If it's band new, take it back for a better setup. If it's a defect, take it back and get one without the defect.
     
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  11. pnikola007

    pnikola007 Electromatic

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  12. pnikola007

    pnikola007 Electromatic

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    Jan 14, 2019
    Skopje, Macedonia
    Its a Rocking Bar with Pinned Rosewood Base
     
  13. BrianW

    BrianW Synchromatic

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    Oct 21, 2014
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    So not a space control bridge. Perhaps as was suggested, if it's new talk to the vendor and have it fixed or replaced. Sorry the easiest sounding solution isn't an option.
     
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  14. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Sorry Vista
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    Before any of that, check and see if the bridge can be moved laterally. Most pinned bridges have at least some play. It could be that your tailpiece needs to be shimmed. It wouldn’t be the first time I saw something of that nature happen.
     
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  15. pnikola007

    pnikola007 Electromatic

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    Jan 14, 2019
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    Little dificult in my country. Maybe i just change it to space control bridge? The guitar sound great as it is. But my damn eye for detail.
     
  16. pnikola007

    pnikola007 Electromatic

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    Jan 14, 2019
    Skopje, Macedonia
    This is the deference from left to right i am talking about
     

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  17. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Sorry Vista
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    I agree. Fixing it yourself is probably the best idea.

    The pinned bridge has two indentations on the bottom of the bridge base. They may be in the wrong place, or it’s possible that the grub screws (into the top) are in the wrong location. Either way, elongating the indentations in the bridge would be easiest.

    However, before you do that, make certain that the tailpiece isn’t the problem. Sometimes they will be slightly out of kilter and place a lot of sideways pressure on the bridge. I’d recommend loosening the strings, slip the bridge out and carefully retighten the strings to see if the tailpiece is causing this. If it is, you can shim under one of the tailpiece screws with a small washer and get that aligned. Then reinstall the bridge and see how it looks. If need be, you can slightly elongate the indentations under the bridge base at that point.
     
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  18. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Does it play ok? Strings not falling off the board? If the ONLY issue is how it looks, I'd just not worry about it. The bridge is the easy part, if it is off at the other end, you will probably need a new nut.
     
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  19. pnikola007

    pnikola007 Electromatic

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    But because its pinned, doesnt that mean that i cant move it little bit to the side to the bass side?
     
  20. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Sorry Vista
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    You might have to modify the indentations in the bottom of the base of the bridge slightly, but I think it’s worth the time.
     
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