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Big feet on the bridge

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by fortress1w, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. fortress1w


    Aug 25, 2003
    Burlington, VT
    How much wood should be on the feet of the bridge. I bought an unfinished bridge and brought it to a Luthier, he left about a 1/2 inch of wood on the feet. He said it would give me more low end and it actually does not. I didnt pay him that much so I am not complaining to him.

    So what is a good rule of thumb to go by when chopping down the wood on a brigde for optimum tone?
  2. It sounds like you've got a lazy luthier. I shoot for about 1/16" to 1/8".
  3. tsolo


    Aug 24, 2002
    Ft. Worth
    Do you fit the bridge then remove the wood from the top of the foot or fit the bridge with that dimension?
  4. It depends on the bridge, but the usual process is to set the bridge blank on the top and mark the arch on the front side with a pencil or pen. Use a band or scroll saw to cut off the excess. This establishes the 90 degree angle at the back. With a knife & chalk trim off all the high spots until you have a good fit. THEN take your knife and trim the side of the feet down to about a little more than 1/16".