I acquired a FCH TOM bridge and tailpiece (used for $60, yay!). I'll be installing it on my ES-335 Studio but have a concern.
I recently had the guitar setup (fret level, etc.). The action is good, although the strings do seem to hit the frets near the neck pickup a little more readily than my other guitars. Not a big deal when playing through my headphones or amp at practice volumes. The neck is dead straight. I mean there is no string relief - you could use it as a ruler. It was like a sheet of ice when I got it back.
What does that have to do with the bridge?
Well, the height of the strings, from the body to the bottom of the strings is approximately 2.1 cm. To setup the FCH bridge to this height I need to include all of the spacers they provide (save the thick non-arched one), AND raise the saddles to their highest positions. This seems very wrong. I want to be able to adjust the action (one of the big benefits, imo, of this bridge), but wouldn't be able to in this case. Well, not higher for sure.
My thought is to provide some relief and let the neck curve up a little. This should let me lower the bridge a little while still leaving the action at a good height.
I assume with the neck angle of the 335 I'll always need the spacers under the bridge.
Does this sound correct?
Anyone else use a FCH bridge with their LPs or other angled-neck guitars?