Re: bridge thickness

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Posted by Eduardo on October 04, 2001 at 15:30:50:

In Reply to: Re: bridge thickness posted by Bob Gollihur on October 03, 2001 at 18:57:18:

: : I put a new bridge on my "doghouse" but I think I thinned it to much.
: : just exactly how thick should they be at the feet and the top.

: They can be extremely thin depending on who is cutting it down. Actually, the thinner the better at the top; there is a happy medium, though, with stability. Most luthiers will shape the bridge with a curvature on the fingerboard side and leave the other side at 90 degrees so it resists warp from the pull of the strings. The feet should be maybe 3/4 or maybe even 5/8, but I wouldn't go too small because you're increasing the per square inch pressure on the belly, which might cause problems. Hope that's what you meant by your question.

I asked this question before, so here it goes again, Why should the bridge be thin at the top? I have noticed that in both my basses the bridge is not very thin, in fact is thicker than in most basses. Thank you.

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