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Bridge shim

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by DB Slidefunk, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. DB Slidefunk

    DB Slidefunk

    Jul 16, 2013
    I need to adjust my bridge as I've gone back to steel strings after using gut. The D slot is way to big for the new string. I'm thinking it won't be that hard to put a little filler piece in but does anyone have any advice on the best way to do this?

  2. Fwiw, I've gone from gut to steel on several of my basses and the larger slots don't seem to be a problem.
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  3. DB Slidefunk

    DB Slidefunk

    Jul 16, 2013
    The problem is that the D is now much lower in relation to the other strings which means I still need the action really high to compensate.
  4. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    I have had success filling bridge slots with super glue saturated leather. You can reshape and re file the slot once it's cured up. I've done some that are at least a year old and going strong, but I wouldn't suggest thinking of it as a permanent repair.
  5. jimclark68


    Dec 16, 2000
    Morganton, NC
    A few years ago, someone on TB suggested crazy glue, so I tried that with a similar issue. My situation didn't require building it up a significant amount, so it worked great for me.
  6. I have done it with a small bit of 1 mm plywood, cut out with a scissor and glued with white "woodglue" (that is what it is called here in Denmark). Trimmed it with a file afterwards.
  7. Superglue and sawdust or baking soda.
  8. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    What's with all the hokey solutions proffered here? Why wouldn't you just glue in a piece of maple to fit the hole you just cut, shape it to fit the bass and cut a new groove?

    Carpenter's yellow glue would be fine for this application.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2015

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