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Posted by Don C. ( on June 06, 2002 at 07:43:26:

In Reply to: Re: Reworking An Engelhardt ES-1 for Bluegrass - About that bridge... posted by catwood on June 05, 2002 at 12:22:43:

: "personally, I would never recommend an adjustable bridge; metal never vibrates as well as wood"

: I was just curious about this post of yours. I recently had my luthier put a new wooden bridge on my bass which sounds excellent. He mentioned that he could go back in and add adjusters if I wanted. After that, when I needed the height adjusted in a pinch, I inserted a couple of thin strips of 1/16" bendable wood called, ironically, basswood. This works great, but I've always been considering having that easy option of coming up or down with the action for either slap or jazz. Have you A/B'd a wooden & adjustable bridge and noticed a reduction in projection, warmth, etc with the same bass?

: thanks,
: chris

No. It's based entirely on comments from other
bassists and my luthier(who, by the way, is very
reasonably priced on bridge adjustments) I have
an adjustable bridge on my Eminence but there is
so little acoustic sound on that instrument that
I doubt it would make a difference. I have two
Kays that have different action for different
playing, but if you only have one bass and play
2-3 different ways, do you really have an option
when you need a quick change? The wooden strip
approach would seem to be a good solution if you
have the time to do it. I play primarily bluegrass and some folk and most of the players
that I have met don't use adjustable bridges and I
have asked them their opinion because I once
considered adjusters. I see more of them in rockabilly, swing, hard-core acoustic and jazz, where there is more of a need for adjustments. I would admit that the difference in sound would be minimum, but with my laminates, I need all I can get. Good Luck, Don C.

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