Posted by Bob Gollihur on September 09, 2001 at 19:25:42:
In Reply to: string length,tail piece posted by larry on September 09, 2001 at 18:24:58:
: I am currently playing a '39 kay and the string length from center of nut to bridge is just over 41"with the bridge in the proper position(bottom edge even with the notch's of the "F" holes).Would moving the bridge to get the right string length be advisable?Also my tailpiece recently broke and I replaced it with a slightly smaller one,is there a certain distance the tailpiece should be from either the bridge or saddle
The notch in the f holes indicate placement of the center point of the bridge, so it should be a little lower. Kays have 41.5 inch scale lengths. Tailpieces of many lengths are used, and in fact, there are techniques where some don't use a conventional one at all. You will hear various recommendations, such as having a bridge to tail bridge measure at a certain percentage of the scale length (mentioned at 1/6th), or tuned to a particular interval or harmonic of the next string. I don't think it will matter a whole heckuva lot with your or my Kay, though I'm sure there are luthiers who will disagree. I did the 1/6th trick when I mounted a new tailpiece on my Kay, and I didn't notice any difference, though my Kay is fortunately quite a loud and strong bass.
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