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Just remember when you cut them up if you use anything but hand tools they really stink bad, yeck, almost enough to make you want to buy the next ones. Half way through I am thinking is this worth saving 2 bucks, but that is just me, love the smell of wood hate the smell of bone, I don't know how that guy who makes slides can stand it, Kudos to him he is a brave man.
Maybe another potential use for that home made milk plastic that's the topic of another CBG discussion/thread. LOL.
I wonder if theres something you could fill it with to help keep it's structure. Although, that might be defeating the purpose.
This has been a great forum topic for me. Someone sent some info that bleach tends to make the bones brittle. They said that the pros use a diluted peroxide mixture. I boil, soak in H2O2, and sun dry. Kills the smell and bacteria. I first tried this process on chicken bones, then found out they were hollow. Oh well.
Jim I'm glad you bumped this old thread as I've been wondering about bones. I buy bags of soup bones from an Asian market, couple dollars gets me about 5lbs worth. My dog loves the marrow but some of the bones are too hard even for her so now I have a use for them. Thanks for the tip about killing the smell.
Also, for anyone still wanting to try bird bones, turkey leg bones are very dense and strong and should be plenty tough enough as a guitar bridge. Wing bones are also pretty tough and might make for a good nut.
This is just nuts!
Sometimes, you gotta saddle up, and take the bridge to a better life.
Where I live in Colorado they sell antler bits as dog chews in the pet shops... they do look good. Worth a try.
try and get the part of the antler where it connects to the skull cap, you want it to be dense thats why bone works so good. It transmits the sound from the neck...the denser the material the better the sound. Where a metal bolt robs the sound...thats just my 2 cents worth...lol.