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Moving short violin bridge towards fingerboard

Optimum bridge position is all tied up with the position of the sound post (which can be moved) and the bass bar (which can't). There's also the matter of getting used to playing a fiddle with non-...
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Is it normal that my bridge is this low the sides?

They're not normal. Normal is each of the two screws is level, for each string, so the string sits happily centrally on its saddle. there's far more chance of the lower screw dropping, than the higher ...
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Can floyd like bridge really make guitar out of tune when not blocked but not used

In my experience, having had 9 Floyd Rose / Kahler trem guitars over the last 30 years or so is that no, there is absolutely no point blocking the trem unless you really wanted a fixed bridge. Moving ...
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What is this flat thing on Ray Chen's bridge?

It's actually an American one-dollar bill bill, folded and rolled up which he uses as a mute. Asked him post-concert after the recital the screenshot is from. He also revealed this in a post on his ...
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What are these slanted surfaces on the bridge saddles of my electric guitar?

Since the saddles are in three pairs like an old Telecaster bridge it looks like the different angles are there so the lower string will automatically have a longer string length. However, like you ...
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Will lighter strings extend an acoustic guitar's life?

Okay, here's your answer from a luthier. Yes, if you change from .10 gauge to .12 gauge strings, assuming that all strings are thicker in this proportion, then there will be 44% more tension on the ...
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one of the saddle's springs on the bridge of my guitar is missing

As you can already see, the saddle is out of position (note the head of the saddle position screw is not against the bridge plate as it should be. You just need to find a replacement spring. You ...
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Why is my guitar's saddle at an angle?

Engineer and musician's answer: Another way you can think about it is that when you fret up the neck, you are essentially creating "fatter" strings. Imagine fretting almost all the way up to the ...
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Is it normal that my bridge is this low the sides?

Normally you want the saddles level so the string sits directly in the center of the groove. Adjusting the screws isn't difficult, although you need the Allen wrench/Hex key that fits it. If you ...
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How to prevent a synchronized tremolo bridge from lifting

Turn the guitar over so the bottom is visible. There should be a plastic panel held on with screws. Undo the screws and take the panel off. Inside, there should be springs that connect the bridge and ...
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Why do violin bridges support the lower strings at a greater height from the fingerboard?

The amplitude of the string vibration is rather irrelevant for playing with the bow, since the string vibrates parallel to the fingerboard not perpendicular to it. There are two factors which make ...
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Violin bridge E-string: pad or hardened insert?

My old student violin doesn't have the "bridge pad" for the E string and normally E strings come with a sliver of a tube which you can adjust to stop the E string cutting the bridge. On the ...
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Can I use a Mustang bridge on a Fender Jaguar? Are there issues?

I would not ever use a Mustang bridge as a replacement for either a Jaguar or Jazzmaster. They cause all kinds of intonation problems. I had one that came stock on my Troy Van Leeuwen signature ...
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How to fix springs noise on guitar with whammy bar?

I'd be inclined to find a bit of plastic tubing - for aquarium use, or similar, that fits over the claws that hold the springs. Take springs off, add tubing, cut to length, replace springs. Ought to ...
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Is this string properly installed?

I'd prefer to just comment on your question, but I still don't have enough rep... As others commented, it seems the string is stable in that position. But it really seems to be incorrectly installed -...
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How to adjust floyd rose tilting forward?

Getting more springs is one solution, but by far the simplest thing with the type of trem you have is just to tighten those two screws in the back, pulling the claw further forwards. In combination ...
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Squier Stratocaster's Bridge Lift After Restringing with Ernie Ball Beefy Slinkies

Sounds like the old strings were a lot lighter in gauge. The compensating springs connecting the underside of the mechanism will need tightening (or even adding to) to compensate for the extra tension ...
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Ibanez S7420 ZR2-bridge not flush with body anymore, I can't fix it

I can only see two possibilities here - one is easily fixable (and is the most likely). The allen bolts that the bridge rests on sit deeply into the guitar, so shouldn't have ever moved, so all I can ...
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Should I fix the bridge on this guitar?

Difficult to tell from the angle of the photo, but I'd say the bridge needs moving towards the tailpiece. To check intonation, look elsewhere on this site for instructions - it's been well covered. ...
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Are the strings supposed to be directly over the pickups?

There's always going to be a slight misalignment, if you think about it, due to the fact that the strings are at a certain width at the bridge, but narrower at the nut. This sometimes means that the ...
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Where to install a bridge in an electric guitar? (assuming the scale length keeps the same)

The premise stated in your question is quite valid. Whereas bridge placement is critical to the sound of an acoustic guitar, the electric guitar does not rely on vibration of the top (soundboard) to ...
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Where to install a bridge in an electric guitar? (assuming the scale length keeps the same)

topo morto is right in is comment, of course. That's why the bridge of a bass is nearer the edge of the back of the body (unless there is a much larger body), because the scale length of a bass is ...
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one of the saddle's springs on the bridge of my guitar is missing

How do you fix it? Strip it down, and put another spring in! However, when the saddle is in the correct place, so it's intonated correctly, and it may even be there now, looking at it, tighten up the ...
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one of the saddle's springs on the bridge of my guitar is missing

Once the string is present and tensioned, I don't see the spring making a difference. It's just nice for setting up the saddle "offline" and not having it rattle around (and rearrange itself) while ...
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I have a Guitar with bridge without Pins. How can I change strings?

If you have a classical guitar with a bridge like the one pictured below - you have to tie them a knot at the bridge. I found some tutorial explaining how to do it. Remove the old string (if you ...
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What is this flat thing on Ray Chen's bridge?

I'm pretty sure it's a mute. Violin mutes come in various forms as well as the 'quick access' type favoured by orchestral players. This is the classic type (though not the type we see in the video). ...
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Electric guitar bridge lifted too much, intonation problems

To get the Jeff Beck floating bridge thing, you need to be able to go both up and down, and I think you've used up all the down. Here's Carl Verheyen explaining how to set up a Strat so it floats, ...
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Electric guitar bridge lifted too much, intonation problems

Several things. First is that the arm is a lever. A lever gives more leverage. So using our hand instead will produce less leverage, so less chance of breakage. Second is with the bridge like that, ...
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