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Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by Stefan, Aug 26, 2017.
Great new slim design, Dave! What metals can you do? Is your tooling strong enough for Titanium?
Sorry, no titanium or SS yet. I have aluminium, brass, real ebony, ebano (eco-friendly alternative to ebony), and Corian. And anything else interesting that I can find lying around
I may move onwards & upwards to harder metals, but the logistics are complex. If I were manufacturing in batches, I could just outsource machining to a commercial shop. But every dBridge is unique.
It's not only the perfect intonation that gives you a new playin' experience in the upper registers- honestly, those bridges got an unbelievable tone!
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Great website, Dave! Nice to see Matt Cowe as an endorsee!
It certainly is. I've been following Matt's YouTube channel for a few years, and have learned many Chet licks from watching his excellent videos. It means a lot to me that he likes his new bridge
Fantastic. Glad to see it!
Oh no! He's not the guy that first contracted Matt Cowe Disease, is he?
I'm so sorry, I couldn't help it, it was too easy and totally tasteless. I'm bad, I'm bad, you know it uh-huh. I'm tacky, awful and should be flogged. So sorry, so sorry, .gollum, gollum, I'm bad.
For that you get a "Tony" award!
Congrats Dave and good luck!
Good luck Dave. Have you considered creating a generic compensated model?(or maybe two, for wound G or plain)
I think you'd find that any good piano tuner will tell you that 100% perfection just doesn't work.
The instrument is supposed to be well tempered. It has to be adjusted for argumentative frets, strings, valves etc.
And our guitars are notoriously unfriendly to any one-size-fits all solution.
In a perfect world, we'd be able to re-tune every time we have to modulate. Or move up or down the keyboard, frets, tube, or anything.
That includes for all musicians. Slide trombonists, fretless string players and reed players are simply amazing to me.
Just a thought.
Not sure what your point is.
I deal with patent trolls in my current job and also my previous job. The trick is to lay low and let a big company walk all over you for a while and then file a counterclaim and seek damages. I've seen several small guys (literally on-man shops) get filthy rich. (Blackberry for example.)
The problem here is that there isn't a lot of money to be made in the first place. IE, if you took all copiers of a bar bridge to court and won, how much could you really recover?
I doubt I would offer that. Generic models are fine with floating bridge bases, where you can move the bridge around to adjust overall intonation.
Any guitar with a pinned/secured base or drilled bushings (like a Duo Jet) may need a completely different pattern. Angled bridges introduce more variations. It's never ending.
For example, check this dBridge on my Hagstrom Deuce. The saddles have the normal 'S' shape, but are all positioned forwards of the posts - because on this model, the factory drill the post holes long. I definitely needed custom saddle positions on this one.
My existing production method delivers accurate intonation for any guitar - you just need to throw a TOM on, adjust it and send me a picture. I think it's worth that small amount of effort to get a solid bridge that's guaranteed to intonate as you expect first time.
^ You‘ll hear the difference between good and perfect intonation and you’ll get used to it soon! Today my new slimline ebano and aluminum bridges arrived:
This is the new combination for my Guild- ebano dBridge with ebonized rosewood base and used golden Faber thumbwheels.
My new slimline ebano bridge- perfect intonation, unbelievable clarity and this unique lively tone. Pure Twang!
Thank‘s a lot Dave!
I’ve got one en route. Excited to try it...!
I‘m very curious about your impressions then!