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New bridge question for luthiers

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by bejoyous, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. bejoyous


    Oct 23, 2005
    London, Ontario
    I've been thinking of replacing my bridge. I want to have adjusters in it as I already have in my present bridge. I find with Ontario weather, the height needs to be slightly adjusted throughout the year to have that "just right" feel.

    I was thinking if I get a bridge with preinstalled adjusters that are similar to my own, my luthier could just use the present feet and slide them onto the new bridge. This would save him a lot of work and time.

    So, my questions are: 1) is it difficult to shave a bridge with pre-installed adjusters? (or to put it another way, should I buy the bridge and adjusters separately and have the adjusters installed after the bridge is carved.) 2) Can the old adjusters be removed from the old bridge and installed into the new regular bridge to save $75?
  2. robobass


    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    Can the old adjusters be removed from the old bridge and installed into the new regular bridge to save $75?
    Sure, why not? As long as the threads are still good.

    I don't think pre-installed adjusters are a good idea, though. I'm not a luthier, but seems like the savings coming from pre-drilled holes and the leg cut would be more than negated by the added difficulty of shaping and fitting it compared to using a solid blank and adding adjusters later. As to using your existing feet and cutting a new bridge top, opinions differ. My guy in New York does this and says it does save time. Others say it saves nothing and prefer to fit a new blank entirely and then add the adjusters. Mating your existing feet to a new top presents its own difficulties compared to a fresh adjuster installation. Fitting new feet to the top is also exacting work. Which of the two operations is faster and easier varies from luthier to luthier, I suppose.
  3. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Hey Brian, I wouldn't even try to fit a bridge that's had the legs cut - its difficult enough to get a good fit without the feet flopping around! ;)

    Re-using your old adjusters sounds like a good idea, though, as long as they're in good shape.

    Good luck!
  4. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    Reusing the adjusters should be fine, but I would let your repair guy supply his or her own bridge blank and do it all from scratch.

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