The next step for Adrian’s pair is to get them set-up and
playing “in the white”. I’m using rosewood for the bridges for two reasons.
Firstly, from an aesthetic perspective it will match all the other rosewood
used and I think that using a limited palette of woods makes for a much more
coherent design. Secondly, rosewood is lighter than ebony and as these bridges
have to be made a little wider than normal (to allow for the transducer to run
through it and for extra string tension) it’s a good way to cut down on the
mass of the bridge.
The bridge has to be fitted to the curvature of the
soundboard, so after some rough shaping, the final fitting is done like
Feeler gauges help to ensure a good fit.
Then we are into making the tailpiece, nut, fitting tuners
and going through the set-up procedure.
You can see the Headway transducer poking out of the sound
hole; this won’t be fitted until I’m 100% sure of the final bridge position.
Drilling a hole through the soundboard has a certain finality to it!
I’m very pleased with the clean look of the tailpiece, just
two screws and the jack socket. It would be silly not to use the jack socket as
an anchoring point as essentially it’s a 12 mm bolt going through the end
I’ve also just bent the sides of Ian’s model 2 guitar. As
the shape is asymmetrical and made up of four parts, as much time goes into planning
the bending of the sides, as into the bending itself!
You can see that the mould comes apart to make the whole
process a wee bit easier.
As always the sides get bent on my trusty bending iron.
Now we wait for them to dry out thoroughly before the
various blocks are fitted and glued in place………….
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