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Altering a bridge?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Primus_rocks, Feb 28, 2005.

  1. Primus_rocks


    Jan 26, 2005
    ok so i bought my tunning pegs for my first bass build and they are beautiful....black with brown pearl knobs(kinda looks like wood) but now i just cant put all black hardware without accentuating that brown somewhere in it. i was thinking of buying a black bass bridge and changing the parts that actually hold the string up to peices of wood instead.

    question is though, would this be plausible?? if so with what kind of wood and what kind of bridge???

    I was thinking http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=41407&item=3779423203 for the style of bridge cause i know a fender style bridge could not take the tension with wood peices(hopefully one of you can prove me wrong on this cause i really want a fender style bridge)

    thanks a lot
  2. Cliff Bordwell(cbbasses.com)has pics of a bass or two w/wooden bridges. Not just an acoustic guitar-style thing, I'm talking fully adjustable. Very nice.
  3. andvari7


    Aug 28, 2004
    Why not build a bridge out of wood? A single piece of ebony (probably Macassar if you want the brown), and an anchor at the end. Check out http://www.ctbasses.com for pics of what I'm talking about (don't rip Carl off, though).
  4. Primus_rocks


    Jan 26, 2005
    Those are very nice!!! you think it would be hard to build something like that??
  5. It would probably take me a few stabs at it til I got a semi-functional piece, & several more to get one that looked good as well. You may be much better w/wood than me. Try & see, just don't cut your finger off.
  6. Primus_rocks


    Jan 26, 2005
    My dad would be the one doing the woodwork for that so it should be all good...i would never even try my hand at something precise like that
  7. W/your dad around, you might consider learning all you can from him. My dad is 82- he's forgotten most everything I want to know. Also, I don't imagine Cliff Bordwell or Chris Stambaugh came out of the womb building nice basses. They learned; you can too. I'm an old coot raising 2, soon to be 3 kids & I'm building 2 electric uprught basses. They will likely look like crap, maybe they will play fair. The next one will be better. And prettier. I encourage you, it's just wood(power tools are dangerous, though).
  8. Primus_rocks


    Jan 26, 2005
    Thanks a lot for the info...What kinda wood would be hark enough for this though??...would oak work??
  9. I've rarely seen any kind of oak in/on basses. I was told it's not as stable(resistant to warping, shrinking,etc.- you DON'T want that in a musical instrument)as more commonly used woods like maple, mahogany, ash, etc. Of course, for a bridge, you're looking for different qualities than for say, a top, neck or body. A dense, heavy, strong wood is probably best- acoustic guitars often have bridges made of rosewood or ebony. Veilette makes basses w/wenge bridges, Cliff Bordwell's is bubinga, I think. Purpleheart is very hard- I think I'll try that on my son's mini(26" scale)bass. I started a thread on 'wood as a metal replacement'- search for that.
    Oh yeah, you're welcome. And yes, Primus rocks.
  10. Primus_rocks


    Jan 26, 2005
  11. -to using stained maple would be that the stain won't likely penetrate the wood very deeply, won't get real dark, & your hand may rub down to bare, blond maple after awhile. To me, a bridge that matches the fretboard(what's yours going to be?)looks cool, but make it how ever you like. Then make another one.
  12. Primus_rocks


    Jan 26, 2005
    yeh your right now that you say that
    my dad sais to buy a black bridge and just replace the saddles with wood pieces...which is gonna look awesome aswell