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New Bridge

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by spalka621, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. spalka621


    Jul 26, 2005
    Sioux Falls, SD
    i need to replace the bridge on one of the basses at my school any ideas on what kind, maybe one that wont warp so badly this time
  2. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    a despiau, aubert, or teller bridge blank... who is cutting the bridge?


    Aug 26, 2005
    yeah...what Nick says.... Having a high quality bridge blank shaped and installed can be costly-- I paid $300 the last time -- but got a superb fit on a high-end Despiau bridge. Even in the hands of an expert, a new bridge can "settle down" after a week and may need to go back to the shop for a further cut-down or adjustment to your preferred action-level. Now when I was young and fairly penniless, I would take my warped bridge off my bass, soak it in a bucket of water for a day or so and clamp it to a straight board until it dried out. That would get me by for a couple of months, but that particular bridge would eventually warp again. It also means you can't play the axe until its straightened out. But if you like a mid-level skill challenge and you are short of funds, you could try straightening your bridge....