I'm installing a bridge on a Gibson SB-300 bass guitar. This is a fix of a previous repair where the holes were drilled too big for the sound post bushings. It's an after market bridge that the client brought to me. The thing that's confusing me is that the previous repairman had placed the bridge so that the very front of the bridge is at the 30 1/2" mark. But at it's most forward position, the adjustable saddles are still a good 1/4" behind this point. Shouldn't I place the bridge a little forward so that the saddles are able to hit the 30 1/2" mark? There is about 3/4" of play in the saddles, from it's most forward position to the back most position. I'm just wondering if the previous repairman figured something out that I haven't. It would be a shame to use his positioning and have to redo it again! Thanks for your help!
Saddle needs positioning so that intonation is correct. That is generally slightly back from the 30 1/2" position.
I do very little work on bass guitars or electrics, so I could be wrong, but, with a bass guitar, with heavy strings, the intonation would be set back more than a standard 6 string. Also with individual saddle adjustments you do have lots of room for adjustment.