This is Part Three of my series of unwelcome discoveries and trouble-shooting reports about my (previously owned) Model 1996 (6-string, 325 style).
When I initially disassembled my guitar, I simply took the bridge off and put it aside, not really studying it, assuming it was a Rick bridge assembly, other than the black height adjustment screws with grommets on them that seemed to serve no purpose. I saw the rollers, thinking, "Hey, pretty cool -- a roller bridge," thinking this was the high end option for a high end guitar.... So, the other day I'm looking at it, picked it up and realized just how odd its construction was. I first discovered that not all the rollers turned; one had junk in it, the other just wouldn't roll. I next tried to adjust the intonation screws. These required Herculean effort to turn at all, and none of my cussing and swearing would make them turn any easier. Realization: bummer, here I go again. Here's some photos, for the curious. the last photo shows how I had to hammer a small screwdriver into one roller saddle to loosen it up:
How many original bridge parts do you see?
I started to see if I could fix this so that it would function. I went and bought some screws, and today I intended to buy some springs at a guitar repair shop. But, I realized that any screw that required a screwdriver to turn would probably be largely inaccessible because of the vibrato. You really need the screws with the hex/allen wrench holes to most easily adjust the intonation. I'll be ordering a new assembly, as well as extra parts to see if I can ressurect this roller bridge, just for the fun of it.
Now, where's the banging-your-head-against-the-wall Smile?