Bridge size

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by oystein, Aug 26, 2003.

  1. oystein


    Sep 15, 2001
    Norway, Leikong
    What is the deciding factor for choosing the correct size of the bridge with respect to breadth? I have noticed that my bridge when centered is slightly "inside" the bass bar and the bass response is noticeable improved when moved a little to the bass side. Should I choose a wider bridge?
    Please don't respond with "take it to a luthier", the nearest reliable is 8 hours drive from here.

    BTW, thanks to everybody for a great forum.

    regards Oystein Djupvik, Norway
  2. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    Hello up there! The general rule is that the bridge width be about the same as the distance between the upper eyes of the f-holes. However, some makers install their bass bar too far out toward the f-hole, and a wider bridge is needed to cover the bass bar and provide good bass tone. You need to be careful how wide you make it, as a too-wide bridge can contribute to top sinkage around the f-holes, especially if the top is thin. Also, it's important that the bridge be centered between the f-holes, though a mm or 2 is not going to cause any problems.