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Posted by M. Stahl ( on September 02, 2002 at 15:01:55:

I noticed a short while ago, the bridge on my bass was leaning just less than an 1/8 of an inch off the top of the bass[at the bottom of the feet]. I took the tension down and reset the bridge to the lines they made when they set up the bass and set the feet flat against the top again. The bridge seemed to gradually lean towards the fingerboard over the past three months that i've had it, and there are impressions where the top of the two feet were. I know that bridges have a tendency to lean sometimes, and too much of a lean is bad because it could damage the top of the bass and/or bridge if it fell.The quesiton in this is...
How much of a gap between the bottom of the foot and bass top is "safe" or "normal"? and I was wondering if there was any way/thing to do to prevent it from leaning as much, or if every few months I should just take the string tension down and reset the bridge. For the record as of now, I don't have bridge adjusters... Thanks in advance... ~stahl

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