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bridge pins

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:32 pm
by John Hamlett
Hi folks! Long time no see!... but I have a question.
I'm about to finish up a restoration of a CF Martin Foden Special guitar. It is one of few ever made and the only one I have seen. It had a very rough homemade bridge on it when it came to my shop so I had to make a replica bridge as near as I could from internet photos mostly. The original apparently had ivory bridge pins with large abalone dots. I will probably use bone pins rather than some sort of legal ivory, and I'm trying to find a source for custom... or not... bone bridge pins with no flute, and preferably already inlaid with approximately 4mm abalone dots. I'm thinking fairly small diameter pins because I can adjust the pin holes to fit (new bridge).
Any help will be appreciated.

Re: bridge pins

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:26 pm
by Bob Gramann
Making bridge pins on a lathe is quite possible. I have made quite a few. I do my own end pins ( I use persimmon—I’ve never seen anyone selling that). If you have access to a lathe with a chuck and someone to show you the basics, you can get competent at it pretty quickly. The way to get six matching pins is to make a whole bunch and then sort them.

Re: bridge pins

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:47 pm
by David King
Stewmac has some and there's a fellow in Georgia, Bob Colossi, http://www.guitarsaddles.com/products.asp who appears to make custom ones.

Re: bridge pins

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:05 pm
by John Hamlett
Bob Gramann wrote:Making bridge pins on a lathe is quite possible. I have made quite a few. I do my own end pins ( I use persimmon—I’ve never seen anyone selling that). If you have access to a lathe with a chuck and someone to show you the basics, you can get competent at it pretty quickly. The way to get six matching pins is to make a whole bunch and then sort them.


Yes, I used to turn "stuff", including end pins but I no longer have a lathe set up. I'm basically trying to avoid having to find a way to make them myself by getting someone to make them for me!

Re: bridge pins

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:07 pm
by John Hamlett
I had already found "guitarsaddles.com" and a couple of others that I will call tomorrow. Just seeing if anyone here makes custom pins or knows someone who does.

Re: bridge pins

PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:32 am
by Clay Schaeffer
You can find fluted bone/abalone dot pins on ebay. I fill in the flutes to unflute them. :D

Re: bridge pins

PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:33 pm
by John Hamlett
If anyone is interested, I got some pins from guitarpartsandmore. The look is pretty close to authentic according to internet photos of Foden special guitars.
Here are some before and after pictures.
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Re: bridge pins

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:51 am
by Barry Daniels
Nice work, John.