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Posted by Bob Gollihur on October 03, 2001 at 18:57:18:

In Reply to: bridge thickness posted by larry on October 03, 2001 at 15:44:05:

: 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.

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