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Weirdest bridge I’ve ever seen!

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Bergerman, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. Bergerman

    Bergerman Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2004
    Springfield, OR
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  2. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    There was an old thread about those bridges around here somewhere, but I can't find it. They are certainly pretty strange. No idea what it would sound like.
  3. Jim Dedrick

    Jim Dedrick Jim Dedrick Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2016
    Port Deposit, MD
    I'm both skeptical and curios.
  4. statsc

    statsc Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2010
    Burlington, VT
    I once owned a Kay with this exact bridge! I wonder if this is it?
  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Here's a picture:


    And here's the thread I remember, which identifies it as a Framus bridge.
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  6. eh_train

    eh_train Commercial User

    Jan 12, 2004
    Owner, Stand Up Guy Basses (Repair/Sell/Buy upright basses)
    I really hope there's a good amount of cork, or something cushioning underneath those feet. I have seen a nice old ply with very distinct impressions in the the top where the feet were....
  7. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    This is what is known as "a bridge too far." Seems to me it is reversed in all pictures. I think the bridge would better resist being pulled forward by string tension if the single foot were foremost.
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  8. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    I have wondered where the soundpost position would be, since the from feet are pretty far north of crown of the bridge and the trailing foot might complicate how the top interacts with the soundpost. Are there some DB luthiers here who routinely service older plywood basses with this kind of bridge, most likely using gut strings? What has been your experience with the soundpost positioning?
  9. lurk


    Dec 2, 2009
    My first bass had one of those. There are little disks with cork padding where the thing sits on the top. The theory was that the extra point of contact with the top created sort of a fulcrum that took weight off of the bridge and allowed it to rock - vibrate - back and forth. You can imagine how well it worked. Cast iron is known as a wonderful conductor of vibration, and so is cork for that matter!

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