Zach Myers adjustable tailpiece - what/why?

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  1. Bahnzo

    Bahnzo New Member

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    I got one of these used, my first time with a PRS, and taking it apart and restringing it, I noticed the tailpiece/bridge has these two adjustable screws for moving the bridge backwards/forwards on the studs.

    I'm wondering why and what effect this has? I can assume this minutely changes the scale length, but other than that I can't think of what purpose this would serve.

    Anyone care to enlighten me?

    Thanks!
     
  2. WEDGE

    WEDGE Zombie five, DFZ

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    Intonation adjustment I would think
     
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  3. Bahnzo

    Bahnzo New Member

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    Except the bridge has individual saddles for setting intonation. I guess it could be an additional way to adjust that.
     
  4. MKK205

    MKK205 New Member

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    I own the same Myers... I use the two screws for rough adjustment and the individual saddles for fine tuning of the intonation
     
  5. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    This
     
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  6. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenf├╝hrer

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    This. Once you try intonating, yourself, you'll see the value in the "coarse adjustment".
     
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  7. Bahnzo

    Bahnzo New Member

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    I have to admit, I find it a little puzzling actually. Shouldn't a correctly built guitar (and I'm seriously not trying to start something here) not need a "coarse adjustment" for intonation? Maybe I've been lucky, but I've never had a need for this on any of my guitars with stop tailpieces/bridges. A ToM-style bridge has always been more than adequate for intonation for me.

    And I actually wonder if those screws could actually cause a change with tone or sustain? Consider: the bridge isn't fully connected to the two studs (which in turn are connected to the body) but instead is sitting on those two small screws.
     
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  8. MKK205

    MKK205 New Member

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    At the latest when you start to downtune and put on really heavy strings you will find that amount of adjustability veeeery useful.

    Especially on one my Les Pauls that is tuned to Drop A (13-74 gauge) i had to struggle getting the intonation right because two saddles where at the end of their adjustment range...
     
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  9. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    If you had a PRS with the original, and still used on some models, there would be no saddles. Those two screws are all you get for intonation. In the more than 50 PRSes I have/had, I have never touched them.
     
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    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenf├╝hrer

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    You're absolutely right. You shouldn't need it.

    I should've said, "the first time you need it and have it to utilize, then you will realize the value of having it." Because you're absolutely right -- with standard tuning, and things like installing new strings, you won't need to much about with intonation at all.

    It's a nice-to-have, though.
     
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  11. Coral Sky Music

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    Exactly.
    Those intonation screws are like Badgers!!!
     
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