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Escapement this far off?
« on: December 10, 2018, 09:35:37 PM »
I watched the Vintage Vibe video and they recommend an escapement "3/8”-1/2” in bass; 1/16-3/16” in treble." Mine is more like 1/4" in the bass and 0-1/16" in the treble. Can I really be this far off? Or did I forget to put something back together properly?
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Re: Escapement this far off?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2018, 02:17:18 PM »
I suppose if you forgot something, it'd still be on your bench?

Did you have measurements from before you disassembled?
Based on the notorious quality control issues at Fender way back when, I suppose anything's possible.
How does it play?  Are you getting the clean strike and tone you want?

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Re: Escapement this far off?
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 02:58:14 PM »
I don't see anything missing. I haven't connected the side brackets but the harp is lined up with the vertical screw holes

Does it sound good? Well, 0" escapement means the hammer rests on the tine after being played. So that's sub-optimal. :P I think it needs to move, I just wasn't expecting 1/4".
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Re: Escapement this far off?
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2018, 04:55:07 PM »
It sounds like you are missing harp shims. You can use cardboard front rail punchings if you have any. You can use metal washers if you don’t. This is the easiest thing to try first.
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