Fitted bridge? Whats it about?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by TenorClef, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. Ok, finally bought a nice student Paesold DB, made by Boosey and Hawkes my first DB. Got a solid top and ebony f/board. Now what is a fitted bridge about and is it expensive? Help appreciated in advance, thanks Andrew.
  2. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    Bridge blanks come over-size and have to be custom fit to each bass. The feet of the bridge are carved to fit the top exactly. The bridge will be thinned, shaved, nipped and tucked in various other ways to make it lighter.

    It takes skill and knowledge to do this. Sounds like you're at the very beginning of your DB journey. Get a good luthier to do it.
  3. Thanks, so does a fitted bridge make a difference?
  4. The question isn't whether it's fitted or not, its how well its fitted. Your bass would not be playable with a bridge that wasn't fitted to some degree.

    The important things are that the bridge feet exactly match the contour of the top of the bass (no gaps) and that the top edge of the bridge is shaped to match the arc of the fingerboard. As AFFLECK CANON mentioned, someone with a lot of experience, such as a qualified luthier should perform this.

    Your Paesold probably came with a bridge that was fitted at the factory, and if that's the case, it's probably quite playable. But factory bridges aren't always the highest quality, and the sound of the instrument could probably be improved with an upgrade (again, seek out a luthier).
  5. Thanks, well that clears that up. Will have to look around for a luthier then.