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Posted by Andy Seed ( on March 24, 2002 at 11:09:41:

In Reply to: Re: Proper Bridge Spacing... posted by Andy Seed on March 23, 2002 at 10:23:09:

: : I have a standard (3/4) sized bass. It's a '78 Engelhardt and its bridge is has folded under the pressure. It's pretty seriously warped. This is not the original bridge and it was very poorly fitted...the feet are'nt flush and the string spacing is just funky! I bought a new bridge that's a blank and I've cut and shaped it to properly fit the bass. My question is what is the proper string spacing? I realize no one can give a precise answer, but there must be some standard system of measurement. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanx y'all!
: :

: It all depends on the width of the bottom of your fingerboard
: - I find that a good general guide is to measure across your fingerboard , subtract 3/4" ( this gives 3/8" between the E and the fingerboard edge and the G to edge ) then divide the result by 3.
: This will give you the following :-
: Edge - 3/8" - E - gap 1 - A - gap 2 - D - gap 3 - G - 3/8" - edge
: Hope this makes sense - Andy .

Before anyone pulls me up on it I forgot to mention that the formula I use for working out string spacings is for the end of the fingerboard . To work the bridge spacings out all you have to do is extend a line through the measurements at fingerboard edge from the corresponding nut slot ( a piece of string will be good enough to do this ) to the bridge - with the bridge placed level with the f-hole notches . All measurements you work out will be to the string CENTRE not its edge ,
Andy .

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