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Shims under bridge?

Someone recommended I put rosewood shims between the bridge and body - Should it be a particular grade or cut? Does it need to be quarter sawn? Any more info would be helpful.


  • swingnationswingnation ✭✭
    Posts: 62
    Try thin wood veneer. It comes in a roll at most hardware stores or sheets online. Cut to size with a exacto or razor blade. Works well for me.
  • LufsenLufsen New
    Posts: 2
    I put clarinet or sax reeds under the bridge, and that works for me.
  • StevearenoSteveareno ✭✭✭
    edited April 2012 Posts: 349
    I used popsicle sticks (wooden ice cream sticks). Someone here posted about them. Apparently they're maple and worked perfectly. The ones I got were slightly wider than the old style (wide enuff to fit the width of my bridge with some trimming. Cheap (about $2.00 for a pack of approx 20). Bought em at the local Rite Aid drug store. Just the right thickness (about 1 mm) and easy to cut to shape (used an X-acto knife). Colored them using a wood touch up maker. You can hardly notice them. Very happy I raised the action. My guitar plays and sounds much better (no buzzing), louder and better tone.
    Swang on,
  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,645
    Jimmy Rosenberg uses an interesting shim:


    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
  • kungfumonk007kungfumonk007 ✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 391
    Just shimmed it with some cherry veneer - instantly sweeter :0) - With my replacement dupont bridge with some shims my cheap little Gitane dg-250 is starting to sound nice.
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