Physics before name brands!
A true story: In the early seventies the Martin Guitar Co. sent a number of D-18s out the door with the bridge int the wrong place! And not just a little bit; a full 1/8″. Apparently the bridge locating jig was busted and no one noticed…for a while.
A few years ago I ran into a completely different, but equally baffling, factory error.
This came, strait from the factory, to the sales department of the shop I used to work at.
A closer view to see what the issue is…
Neck Pitch refers to the angle of the neck in relation to the body. With the neck perfectly flat & a strait edge placed on the top of the frets, one can check the projection of the neck. Ideally, the neck should project to 5/16″ above the soundboard @ the front edge of the bridge. Almost all bridges are 5/16″ tall at the front edge for this reason.
1/4″ is the absolutely lowest acceptable projection. But, 1/4″ projection is something you should only see on a really old guitar that has had the bridge shaved down more than once: A guitar nearing demise, or rebirth (determined by your willingness to spend a sizable sum on repair work).
So here it is. A brand new guitar that projects to 1/4″. We sent it back.
The replacement was perfect.
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