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Mounting my Hipshot bridge to a Buckeye Burl top

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by AndyMania, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. AndyMania


    Jan 3, 2010
    Something that recently caught my attention is that when I mount my Hipshot bridge to my Buckeye Burl top, will the Burl be strong enough to hold it. We know Burl is fragile but are there any special steps I need to take to make sure my bridge (specially under string tension) doesnt rip off? Longer screws maybe? Adding wood hardner to the Burl? Suggestions and advice greatly appreciated.

  2. need4mospd


    Dec 22, 2005
    I'm assuming it's a 1/4" top right? I'm not sure what the "standard" sized screw is, but I'd think you'd at least be using a 1" screw giving you 3/4" in the solid wood which should be plenty to hold that sucker down.
  3. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    Well also keep in mind, the string pull is not exactly pulling upward from the body either........ it's actually pulling in a sideways direction, which in comparison makes it a bit more awkward to just pull straight off, especially with the direction the screws are oriented.
  4. AndyMania


    Jan 3, 2010
    Yeah its a 1/4 top. So I should definitely have the screws go into the bottom body wood as well right?
  5. pilotjones


    Nov 8, 2001
    If it were a solid "normal" wood body, I'd want at least 1/2" into the body, which would mean a 5/8" minimum flat or oval head screw. With 1/4" of buckeye, I would add 1/4" to that.
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