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Stopbar height?


Well-known member
Jan 5, 2005
I like the stopbar to be fairly high. The angle of strings on the bridge is the same as on my headstock (i have Norlin era Custom, which does have lower headstock angle). The strings are lighter to bend to me and the sound is more detailed and fat with some honk.
I am the same way. I used to vary the stop bar angle, but never had it decked. As I changed string material or gauge, I would try different heights for the stop bar.

Now all of my stop bars are set as close to the matching peg head angle as I can, which should be 17 degrees.

Any Name You Wish

Well-known member
Apr 15, 2021
I experimented with the stop bar height on my R9 recently. It came from the factory screwed down all the way, and both High and Low E strings touching the back of the bridge. Tried raising it, tried top wrap, and I now have it back to where it was originally. My ES 335 and SG are the same, screwed all the way down and E strings contacting the back of the bridge. They all play and sound best that way. My engineering brain tells me the strings should not be hitting the back of the bridge, but reality tells me differently. I've been playing the ES 335 for about 15 years, never had a string break back there at the bridge. No bridge collapse or problems of any kind.


New member
Apr 7, 2023
I deck 'em all. Some I top wrap, some I don't.
6 of one, half a dozen of the other.
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