Handmade Bridge Replacements Photo Gallery
Gallery > Bridge Replacements
All bridges shown in this gallery are made from scratch. While newer bridges are sometimes available thru the manufacturer, most vintage instruments will require a handmade replica. Older bridges which were originally made by hand often vary in dimensions from one instrument to another.
Some Martin guitars built in the 70's require relocation of the saddle to correct intonation issues caused by incorrect placement of the bridge. Instead of moving the bridge ...which would leave an awful footprint where the finish was removed and aged, the holes and saddle slot are moved back slightly to lengthen the strings and correct sharp intonation. See my article on intonation correction for more information.
Gibson used a hollow plastic bridge on some of their LG model acoustic guitars which crack and warp. These are replaced by a polished ebony replica.
Gibson also used an adjustable bridge which incorporated screws which could raise and lower the saddle. These are replaced with traditionally made bridges which have a saddle slot and drop in saddle. This improves coupling and vibration transference.
Please note that I do not make bridges from scratch for retail sale. The bridge's I make are for instrument's I am repairing.