Posted by olivier on September 25, 2001 at 07:09:48:
In Reply to: How well received are adjustable bridges? posted by Ryan Kelly on September 25, 2001 at 02:02:41:
In fact, adjustable bridges work very well when properly installed. They are very usefull even when you don't live in an area subjet to important seasonal changes of relative humidity because you can easilly adjust your bridge height for a specific type of playing (pizz/arco, jazz/classical), and when you're a beginner you do not know which string height is confortable. A well fitted adjustable bridge works better than an ill fitted non-adjustable one...
I know that some luthiers in France who were rather reluctant to adjustable bridges some times ago are now selling basses with this kind of setup. Somewhere on the net (check Bob Gollihur's page, AH) you can find a report on a controled study on the effect of adjusters (w or w/o, type of material) on the sound. The experiment did not appear to be very conclusive IMHO. Aluminum adjusters are most common.
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