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METAL BRIDGE?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by humdinger, Feb 10, 2005.


  1. humdinger

    humdinger

    Jun 12, 2001
    Parkersburg Wv
    Has anyone out there saw a metal bridge? I saw one at a bluegrass festival,but the guy was less than friendly about it.I liked the sound.He wouldn't tell me where he bought it.The bridge was cast(unknown metal)and had 4 adjustable feet.If anyone knows about these I'd sure like to hear from you!!
     
  2. Gufenov

    Gufenov

    Jun 8, 2003
    You'll find one on ebay once in a while. The consensus on TB seems to be that they inhibit the sound and aren't very popular, even if they're nearly indestructible.
     
  3. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    NYC
    I saw on on EBAY a few days ago also - go check there - though I would do a search and read some of the threads about them, including some not-so positive reminisces from our older TBers.....
     
  4. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I've got one laying around in a box somewheres. They aren't anything close to a quartered maple bridge, sound-wise; but the metal bridges fit just about any 3/4 or larger bass with a couple of twists of the feet.
     
  5. My mother-inlaw had one on her Kay she plays blue grass with for a while. There's a guy in Oklahoma that makes them.

    It was supose to be louder than a maple bridge. I couldn't hear any difference on her bass with the nylon strings she was using.

    She has since put her maple bridge back on.

    It had a north/south cross brace below what would be a traditional bridge. There were four rubber tipped screw feet, two where traditional bridge feet would be and one centered but 3 inches above the bridge and the other centered and 3 inches below the bridge.

    The only advantage I could see is that it probably would not fall like a traditional bridge if banged during transport.

    I would imagine that the rubber tips on the feet would absorb some sound.
     
  6. I think this one was made by Framus....the company that made those German cut-aways, No?
    So, your mother-in-law is a bass player? I don't know what to say about that!
     
  7. mje

    mje

    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    Now there is absolutely NO call for that sort of language!!!

    :)
     
  8. :D