Updated Nov, 2012
CUSTOM BRIDGE ORDERS ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS / OTHER COMMITMENTS. APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
String Compensation - Introduction
All guitar builders recognise the need for string compensation. For some reason archtop builders differ greatly in their approach. Some use a straight profile which is convenient to manufacture while others recognise the difference between the wound and plain strings, but overdo the compensation. The bridge saddle offered here has been carefully designed and tested to provide excellent intonation on most archtop guitars.
I make a few assumtions about the guitar to which the bridge will be fitted. The frets should be properly installed and crowned. The guitar should be set up properly. Archtops are usually set-up with electric guitar string action. The neck is straight with little relief (<.010").
The action should not be unusually high (.060" - .075", bass side @12th fret; .040" - .055", treble side @12th fret). The nut slots should be at the correct depth so that there is not excessive clearance between the first fret and the under-side of each string (ie. low nut-action). It is optimised for scale-lengths between 24.75" and 25.5". Most brands of flat-wound and round-wound strings are fine. Hex-core strings have caused iregularities so are not recommended. Personally, I use D'addario Chromes or jazz-lites, gauge 12 or 13. The bridge works equally well with flat-wound and round-wound strings.
No tilting of the bridge base required - bridge sits perpendicular to string-plane.
Indian rosewood or African ebony as standard - other species sometimes available.
The bridge saddle is available seperately for replacement on an existing base.
Typical height adjustment between 20mm and 26mm. Lower/higher bridges available if necessary.
String spacing: 52mm to 56mm (measured from outer-edge of Low E to outer-edge of high E)
Bridge base with common body-arch profile. The base comparison chart will help get a close match before fitting.
It is machined for repeated accuracy and the final shaping and polishing is done by hand.
Modified versions available for left-handed guitars and for those players who prefer a plain G (3rd) string.
Printed set-up guidelines included.