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?


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        Probably the most random piece I ever used for a bridge was an old door latch. It worked great. I have also used bolts and made my own bridges with plastic rod on wood. Also made several with bone pieces. One was even cast in resin.

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.

My wraparound bridge CBG has good volume & resonance.  Surprised me.

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.,

Some magnificent guitars (/decor/finishes/lightning f-holes) and tremendous ideas here. I'm blown away by the domino suggestion - they'd make good nuts too, and I bet I could get a nice bone set a lot cheaper than a 4" piece sold for guitar work. Looking at lambs a little differently too now ...

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.


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