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Why are bridges always left unfinished?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by ctcruiser, Apr 29, 2005.


  1. ctcruiser

    ctcruiser

    Jan 16, 2005
    West Haven, CT
    Silly question time from a newbie.

    Why are every part of the bass finished except for the bridge?

    Is there a physical reason? Or is it aesthetics?

    My wife asked me the same question after I came home with my new lefty ES-1 bass. It has a nice reddish brown finish with a black ebony fingerboard and tailpiece, but an unfinished maple bridge.

    Just wondering...
     
  2. Tom Hutton

    Tom Hutton

    Nov 22, 2004
    Indiana
    There's a thread about it here:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=164757

    My bridge was finished with raw linseed oil, which really brings out the grain of the wood - I think it's a purely aesthetic thing though, I would expect no great effect on the sound.

    BTW, Congrats on your new bass! :)
     
  3. Tbeers

    Tbeers

    Mar 27, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    From what I've seen, Arnold Schnitzer puts some sort of oil on all of his bridges. They're very purty... if you're looking for a flawlessly crafted and aesthetically pleasing bridge, Brewster, NY is one place to go.