I know this has been asked before: bridge weight

Please put your pickup/wiring discussions in the Electronics section; and put discussions about repair issues, including fixing errors in new instruments, in the Repairs section.
Post Reply
Dennis Duross
Posts: 132
Joined: Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:46 am

I know this has been asked before: bridge weight

Post by Dennis Duross »

But I haven't been able to find it.

I've got a one-piece African Blackwood bridge that weighs in at 36 grams.

Is this heavy?

Bridge-wise?

Alain Lambert
Posts: 100
Joined: Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:18 pm
Location: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

Re: I know this has been asked before: bridge weight

Post by Alain Lambert »

It is on the heavy side. Steel string bridges are usually between 20-30 g. But this all depends on you bridge layout/model.
I have made bridges Martin style with ABB which were at 31 g.
ABB is heavy by nature and the bridges will be on the heavy side.
Try to make it a bit slimmer, if possible remove wood from the back, wings, etc..

Dennis Duross
Posts: 132
Joined: Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:46 am

Re: I know this has been asked before: bridge weight

Post by Dennis Duross »

Thanks for your reply, Alain.

Mine is a floating bridge. Is that what you're referring to, or are you talking about a fixed bridge?

Alain Lambert
Posts: 100
Joined: Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:18 pm
Location: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

Re: I know this has been asked before: bridge weight

Post by Alain Lambert »

Mine were fixed bridges on acoustic. I do not know much about archtop

Brian Evans
Posts: 900
Joined: Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:26 am
Location: Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

Re: I know this has been asked before: bridge weight

Post by Brian Evans »

So I went a found a spare archtop bridge, typical two piece with adjusting screws, rosewood, and it weighs 34.4 grams. It is actually smaller than I currently make as far as the base goes. So I think you are in the ball park.

I asked this question a little while ago; http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4241
There is an interesting discussion that touches on bridge mass/weight here: http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php ... dge+design

Brian

Post Reply