Working on a dog bowl resonator at the moment and am struggling to find a suitable bridge. A couple of hardware store trips and looks around the fixings, drawer handles, plumbing sections have turned up nothing. In the past I've used bolts, hardwood, corner braces, but need to attach this differently. I'm not looking for advice so much but just wondering: what random, weird, interesting stuff have you used for a bridge?
Hi Muddystone, my bridges are not "out there" so to speak, I look for what is going to give me the best sound. But if my build is fully electric It's not so important.
I use wood/ bone combinations for acoustic CBGs and for electric CBGs any metal object that can be fashioned into a bridge. The wrap-over bridge on the right would be unsuitable for an acoustic guitar in both material and position.
I know you're not looking for advice...but, check out all the many photos posted here, I recon your request may have already been posted. Good luck.
I'm using a lamb shank bone on my current build.
I like dominos, plastic chopsticks, Walnut wedges, Bamboo chopsticks, fretwire, coat hanger wire, all-thread, bolts, bone, and other random stuff. The arm off a pair of cheap glasses works well. Plastic tooth brush handles.,
Most unusual thing I did was make a rollor bidge out of a bolt and some nuts. The nuts are glued to the top and the bolt is threaded through the nuts. The bolt will roll freely in the threads when the tremolo is used.
The tremolo was made out of a heavy duty fence hinge, A tremolo arm and spring claw from a Strat guitar.
The rollor bridge works great. The tremolo never returned to pitch and I replaced it with a tremolo that Gitty sells.
I used bone and scrap hardwood scraps,horn ,antler and rawhide all are possibilities that I have used in my otherhobbys .
I built a couple with bone pieces and wood but the height and look was off. I settled on a .38 special brass casing on a grooved flat piece of wood. It just sounds better and the string height and action are perfect.