Guitar beyond repair? time to buy new one?
I have Samick LS11 electric guitar which is a cheap strat imitation. I am an amateur and probably did not give much attention to many checks during buying it. It's now aged and seems beyond repair.
- Significantly raised or lifted bridge. See the photo. It has virtually become floating tremolo!!
- I added two more tremolo springs to back side in addition to existing 3 but did not help. I also tightened the spring assembly's 2 screws to push it deeper into the body. Also adjusted the bridge screws but no avail.
- High action. It's now about 3 mm or even more on low E at 12th fret. It does not feel normal anymore
- Saddle is in lowermost position and truss rod fully tightened
I think I have run out of options. Is it time to simply dump this and buy a better one?
I think what 3rd photo you would like to see is a photo from the side top. See below.
Due to the lifted bridge the entire bridge structure is slightly pulled towards neck and is overlapping on the scratch plate.
I have tried to
- Restring it
- Disassemble and reassemble
- Tighten/loosen the 6 bridge screws
But none helped.
I think the tension exerted by strings is much more than what springs are pulling from the behind. As soon as I detune it and loosen the string tension, bridge rests flat.
At the moment I am not inclined to try out any more procedures on it.
I have found a Guitar repair shop in my city. I will take it to them and see if they have any fix for this.
I will update here soon.