I have a Gibson ES-137 Classic with a tune-o-matic bridge and a stopbar tailpiece (the ES-137 has a mahogany centre block so the tailpiece attaches to that and doesn't require a trapeze tailpiece like a semi-acoustic without a centre block, like an ES-175).
I've only just noticed while cleaning it at the weekend (and by cleaning I just mean wiping off fingerprints etc after playing for a couple of hours - no string changes or anything else like that) that the tailpiece is not level when compared to the body - the low E string end is considerably higher (e.g. further away) from the body than the high E string end is.
I haven't done anything to the setup on this guitar since buying it new - is there a reason why a stopbar tailpiece would not be level, or is this an example of a poor setup from the factory?
The tune-o-matic bridge is set up very nicely and there is no fret buzz and the action is lovely, but I'm wondering whether I should correct the setup of the tailpiece.
Edit: I'd also be interested whether a poorly aligned stopbar tailpiece could cause any damage to the guitar, maybe if the tension on the posts that attach the tailpiece to the instrument is uneven it may cause the holes to wear more on one side or similarly.
Edit 2: As promised, here are some images of the bridge.