Any one got any tips on setting up a glue on bridge so it's on the angle to get the right intonation ?

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are the strings attached to it ?

on 'real' guitars i've seen apart the bridge is held in place by a couple of nuts and bolts...

 No strings I've not finished building it , it will be screwed to the top but not until I have the right position , the high string will be at scale length but the low string being thicker will be further back so the bridge sits on a angle , there must be some way to get this angle .

there is a video on youtube about setting intonation on a banjo, about the same process. as long as you have the intonation set first, you should be good to adhere it in that angle.

he did not show, however, that you also get the intonation set by fingering the strings on the frets. And check the tuning that way also. 

I like the stew mac videos, good basic info.

 Banjo's have tail pieces and floating bridges not the same thing , you can't glue a bridge on string it up and check the intonation then take it all apart if the bridges in the wrong place , Mark knows what I'm getting at , thanks for the video link , it's the " Fred Flintstone Saddle Calculator " for me , there again if I use that I might as well go back to tail pieces and floating bridges , well at least either way once it's built i'll have a reference for another build with a glue on bridge .

ah, you are going for the all-in-one bridge like in the video. Cool beans. happy building.

no need to glue the bridge on,it  will sit quite happily with the pressure of the strings, when adjusting intonation just loosen the strings off a little and move the bridge a little at a time, once you've done a few builds you will know where to place it :-)

 It won't without a tail piece Steve that's why the bridge is glued on .

good luck with that...

There's a number of ways to do this. What kind of bridge are you looking to glue on? You can glue / screw / bolt on a metal bridge with individual string saddles, that can adjust for intonation and compensation. You can glue on a pin bridge like a normal acoustic, but slant the saddle. Those have a slot that the saddle sits in. Or, you can start with a floating bridge with an attached saddle, and angle the whole assembly. In all cases, you're gonna have to string it up to check the intonation (assuming your frets are in the right places). Once you get 5 or so builds like that down for a particular scale length, string number, and string diameter, then you could start gluing em down. But if you change string lengths or diameters, you'll have to change the bridge / saddle slant. That's why the floating bridge. There are 3 main ways to attach strings to a floating bridge build. You can have 1) an extended tailpiece, like the usual neck-through, 2) a trapeze or mandolin tailpiece (I use bent forks and spoons; other people use bent metal spatulas, wooden stop tailpieces, brackets, angle iron or aluminum, picture hangers, hinges, etc.), or 3) through-body stringing like Strats or Schecters. You could also do a Steinberger-like stringing job, by fitting the ball ends at the headstock, and the tuners in the body (like TravelGuitars).

 Ron I'm on build No 17 , I built the 3 Tele's in my sig pic and 14 CBG's , so I want to do something different on my next two builds so one's a baritone ukulele and a tenor ukulele with round sound holes and proper acoustic type bridge's so in order to fix the bridge you need to know the angle that the saddle need to be at , so I'm going to make a tailpiece that I can clamp to the rear of the box , string the uku's up and set the bridge as if it was a floating bridge , then I can glue or screw the bridge on , I'd have posted it on the Cigarbox Ukulele Group but there does seem to be a lot action on there .


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