I've always avoided doing anything technical on my guitars or amps. Apart from a string-change, everything else was done by a pro.
A few months (yep months) back, the block of wood I got JD Kustoms to put in to my JS-100 to stop the floating bridge... well it popped out at the end of a Garage Days jam.
When I got home, I tried to fix it myself but I just got frustrated and couldn't win. So I left it.
Eventually, I decided to rather pay someone to change the strings (and balance the bridge at the same time) just so I could play guitar. It had been MONTHS since I played (much) guitar because of this one issue. Sure, I played my nylon string a bit but I just wasn't playing much because my other guitars aren't in great shape either.
And I just haven't had the time to take my guitar in to get this done.
Yesterday I got frustrated and decided to give it another shot. So I looked for a video on how to balance a floating bridge. Because that's basically what I was struggling with.
Basically if your bridge is "leaning" away from the body, you tighten the screws that connect your floating bridge's springs to your body. (Just a quarter turn at a time.) And then you tune the guitar. When it's about right, you repeat and tighten those screws another quarter and then re-tune. It probably took me 30-40 minutes but I eventually got that bridge nice and level with my guitar body and spent the next hour jamming. And it felt soooo good!
Here's the video I followed. He stops a bit early (his bridge is nowhere near parallel with the guitar body) but the advice is still good:
Feels great to have fixed it myself! I started playing guitars with floating bridges probably in my early twenties. Only learned how to balance them now 😂 (That's maybe 10-14 years later!)
Anyway, just had to share this little win of mine. It means I can easily change the guage of the strings on any of my guitars with a floating bridge and I'll be able to get everything balanced again. The confidence gained from this tiny little win is worth it.
Am I going to go and build a guitar now? Hell no! But I might learn a bit more about setting up guitars. I love low action so the knowledge and practise could help me jam a bit more than I do now.