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Bridge plate - what's your preferred wood

18 Aug 2014

Posted by Fred in The Wood Shop

I am wondering about what wood to use for my bridge plates.  


While maple seems to be the standard, rosewood or any very hard wood seems to have been used.   A friend pointed out that Martin went to Rosewood in the late 60's only to switch back to maple after producing some poor sounding guitars.  Perhaps the issue was more than the bridge plate.  


So, I wondering what views are available on the forum.  Thanks for your thoughts and time.

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"Amigo Mike Build" and "A Cheap New Tool"

09 Aug 2014

Posted by Schreiner Guitars in Open Build Talk

I just finished this guitar today. It is associated with the "Ämigo Build" and the cancelled "Jesse Build". Mario sent me a monsterly figured top and this is what I built with it. The sides and back are cocobolo with some heartwood. The bridge and fretboard are ebony. I started by heavily scorching the sides until they took the correct shape.

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This pic is of the back and top with a simple rosette and a few pics of the bracing. I never scalloped my braces before. I always just made them thinner and taller. The scalloping DOES make a difference in sound quality so I am going to keep doing it

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Here is a pic of the sides in my mold and the neck ready for shaping

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And suddenly the guitar is finished!

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"A Cheap New Tool" 


I had trouble cutting the string exit channels without poking the top with my dull little file. I cut the end of a hacksaw blade to this shape and it makes the job quick and easy. Me happy!

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