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Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by RussB, Sep 22, 2019.
The price is right at $20, that's for sure...
I have a guitar that came with a wood bridge. I changed it out pretty quickly. It had a good sound but hardly any sustain at all.
I have had a few on hollow archtops. They are surprisingly not that different sounding than metal bridges. My Ibanez George Benson comes from the factory with both a wood one and a Tune O Matic type.
Can’t say what it does to the tone because this Epiphone is such a different beast to my other guitars. A super mellow rounded jazz box sound but I don’t know how much of that is due to the bridge construction..... but sustain? The sustain is really really noticeably less than any of my other bridges.
At $20,I'd be more concerned about the quality than the wood.
I've got one on my 6-string guitarbass. Pure necessity, though. Nothing else I had lying around was exactly the right height for it.
So far, the strings haven't worn themselves too low.
There are wood bridges on lots of stringed instruments, so, why not? I'd figure it to give a mellow (woody?) tone.
Dave at dbridge makes his bar bridge style in ebony and I believe in a synthetic material as well
My Blue 6120 Jr has an ebony bridge and it looks and sounds great.
My G3900 came with a rosewood bridge. Very warm. I replaced it with an aluminum Bigsby rocker bridge, which brightened up the tone considerably.
I had one on a 1960s Old Kraftsman hollow body that didn’t sound too bad. Guitar had more life with with a brass Compton, though, but the main reason for switching was that intonation was a mixed bag with the wood bridge, possibly due to worn string slots.
No problem with this one.
Selmer Style ie. Gypsy Jazz guitars have them. The one I had was too high and was engineered that way to facilitate a piezo within it and had no adjustment like a Gretsch. There wasn't much scope to refashion it because of the electronics so very frustrating - I got rid of it.
I have an Epi Emperor which I use as a faux-acoustic. In an attempt to "acoustify" the sound I tried a few different bridges. I liked the stock wooden bridge best.