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Adjusting the saddle below the bridge (ES-335)


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That's the stopbar. It just adjusts the angle that the strings make when they go over the bridge. Its adjustable because different guitars have different bridge heights and the manufacturer has to be able to adjust each guitar to get the right break angle over the bridge.


When you lower the stopbar, it increases the angle over the bridge and increases the downforce that the strings exert on the bridge. It doesn't change the tension in the strings, it just makes them push down more on the bridge. Some people crank the stopbar down tight against the top of the guitar to try to get more sustain. Gibson sends them out of the factory with the stopbar set so that the break angle for all the strings is about equal. Most of the time that will mean that the high E end of the stopbar will be a little lower than the low E end.

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