Hipshot .125 or .175 for custom build?

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  1. Jacob169

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    Hi,

    I'm building my own 8-string and I can't decide which thickness of the base plate of the Hipshot Fixed Bridge I want to go with, the alternatives are .125 and .175.

    I know that the djentleman himself Misha Mansoor uses the .175 on his Jackson signature models but almost every other guitar I've seen with a Hipshot usually comes with the .125. I have tried reaching Misha asking why he uses the .175 base plate but haven't succeded yet.


    Any help is welcome, thanks!
     
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    It has to due with the construction of the guitar, namely the distance from the top of the guitar to the plane of the top of the fretboard.

    Since you're building the guitar yourself, you can use either as long as you account for the bridge height when drawing up plans.

    This might help, or confuse: http://www.liutaiomottola.com/formulae/bridgeHeight.htm
     
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    Yep.

    Has to do with the depth of the neck pocket and how high or low the fretboard is relative to the body.
     

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