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Which is why it’s a blank vs a drop-in replacement.
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The strings are 0.090 high at the 12th fret. Despite the slight concave bow in the upper register of the neck, I will have room to asymmetrically sand down the bridge to lower the action on the high E side of the bridge.
Unfortunately, I think I rushed the bridge building either due to impatience, the low temperatures in my garage, or both. I can always build another bridge when both my patience, skills and temperature improve. I used Tite-Bond Hide glue to set the saddle in the bridge, as I went too far wet sanding the saddle. I don't know if the bone swelled, or the bridge swelled, but the morning after obtaining a tight fit I realized I needed to use a little glue to secure the saddle.
Bridge building lessons learned by a neophyte:
- be patient
- a template is good, but accurate measurements and a template are better
- a better jig produces a better finished piece
- be careful when wet sanding, a bone saddle/bridge may swell, and gummy residue affects measurements
- use a new fine hacksaw blade or zona saw when cutting a bone saddle blank
- Guitar with new bridge
- Bridge profiles
- Strung guitar
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