RiverRat wrote:I don't think the neck is shimmed nor do I think that the bridge rests on the the wood... The wood is to cover the trem block cavity portion that isn't filled by the brass block. and the neck appears to sit fairly fluch in the pocket. Plus, I don't believe it would be necessary to shim the neck, the V2 Gator bridge sat very low... anyone that has cranked down their strat bridge and blocked it know just how low the assembly sits on the body. And that bridge was nothing more than a variation of a stock strat tailpiece.
i beg to differ. the strat piece is limited and shorter then those alembic bridges, especially the vintage ones. if it sat flush like the peanut guitar did, then it might be close. but it's not flush, it is raised higher from the body. imo, the whole reason for the change in bridges is for height. the alligator
versions3 had thumbwheels to heighten it's gibson type bridge higher then his stock strat bridge. why not just block the trem? but while the gibson bridge most likely allowed him to get the height he wanted, the intonation was off because the saddle travel is very limited. at jerrys action height, it requires a lot of attention to detail to get it to stay in tune up and down the neck. and in general that's a side effect of a higher action. kimock commented on that aspect about playing jerry's guitars. imo, he changed from the angled gibson type to the straight, longered saddle traveled alembic made ones. which are also much bigger then the gibson ones. on alligator
version4 i believe the wood definately goes under that bridge, at least a portion, which is that much ABOVE the body Plus the bridges height. while the neck may not be shimmed or even needed adjustment, it's a possibility. rosebud had about a 1 or 2 degree neck angle and you'd never know it going off the photos. those degrees do appear very flat as it really is nothing drastic. but whether that bridge sits on that wood or not, that wood definately goes a little underneath the bridge. so, it's quite possible there is even more height inbetween the bridge and that piece of wood. but i say it rests on the wood. wolf version1's bridge is also raised off the body with what appears to be a piece of wood also at about the same height as alligator
version 4's wood.
a little guesstamation!
jerry buys eagle in 71 about the same time irwin has began work for alembic. so starts the garcia irwin relationship. alligator
then gets it's bridge and tailpiece modded by irwin. notice it is the same type as eagle with the gibson type bridge. then irwin changes it to the alembic type on alligator
with the wood spacer. wolf is delivered and it has a more ornate tailpiece but essentially the same bridge & tailpiece with wood spacers as alligator
's final incarnation. later in 75 when it goes in for a refin it comes back with all the alembic stuff, the logo and the bridge gone. Rick Turner remembers very little about alligator
other then that it was stock and passive, he only upgraded to military version pots, and shielded it. so since the work is being done by alembic at the time, it most likely has to be Irwin doing the mods on Alligator
. he worked there from about 71 to 73, just about the life span of Alligator
and all it's work, and also about the time Wolf was delivered.
just my thoughts!
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