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I was getting a little bored with my other homemade poplar bridge, so I made a new one. how does it look.

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Comment by Tom Taggart on June 5, 2018 at 11:56am

How does it sound?

Comment by Brice Alms on June 5, 2018 at 2:45pm

I think it sounds good, but if the bridge is not slightly angled the 4th and 5th strings rattle.

Comment by Chris Prieto on June 5, 2018 at 10:03pm

I make mine with the the slots slightly ramping downwards towards tail piece.

Comment by Brice Alms on June 6, 2018 at 9:19am

I wondered if that worked, I'll try that on my next bridge. I normally angle the slots towards the tailpiece because the slots are a little larger than the strings.

Comment by Tom Berghan on June 6, 2018 at 3:16pm

You may already know but many people may not know this trick ... if you get some welding tip cleaners they are perfect for cutting slots just the right diameter, and, they are round just like the strings! You get a wide assortment of sizes in each set. Each set costs only about 3 to 4 bucks a set. Get some calipers to help you select the appropriate file. So, just for an example, if you measure your first string and it measures 0.028”. Then select a 0.030” or 0.032” file. This will eliminate the string rattling in the slot. Welding supplies are generally sold where ever gases are sold such as CO2 (which restaurants buy). So, very common and easy to find. 


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