I'm interested in the various bridges people have put on Sel-macs, and the pro and cons of them. It'd be nice to get commentary on them in one thread, with some pics if possible.
A pic of the bridge on Django's 503 instrument shows the usual bridge with two feet making contact with the top and a carved-out area in the middle, between the two feet, that doesn't make contact.
Birelli has evidently used a couple of non-standard bridges. The first is a bridge with a continuous foot making contact with the top for the entire width. I tried to get a screen capture of this one from the Vienne DVD, but could not. It's clearly visible at the very beginning of Chapter 34 'Les Yeux Noirs' just after he makes the scratching noises with his thumb on the low E string.
Birelli's other bridge is the one with the bone saddle on his Hahl signature model guitar, seen here:
http://www.hahl-guitars.de/userfiles/d4 ... 174368.jpg
Michael Dunn does something similar on his guitars--in one verison, he only puts the bone saddle under the wound strings:
...on others, he does a full-width bone saddle:
http://www.michaeldunnguitars.com/Rhyth ... etcrop.jpg
...and in a third variation, he throws on an ebony and felt string-mute behind the bridge:
http://www.michaeldunnguitars.com/Myste ... ic2003.jpg
Materials wizard Bob Halo reported that
I just made a traditional styled bridge but I inserted a micarta saddle (it's actually not micarta, but it's chemically similar... so you understand the type of material I'm talking about) and it works fantastic. My guitar (Dell Arte Manouche) has a great "spot-on" dry Selmeresque voice but has always been somewhat reserved... I wouldn't go so far as to say "soft" but it was not a loud guitar.
Long story short - I set up with the new bridge and showed up for my Weekend jam with this thing and was sitting across from a guy I'd not gigged with for several months. As we were warming up he looked over and said: "is that a new guitar? Damn that's loud....
Someone else reported (sorry I can't find the quote) that they like their Dunn, but that it sounded a lot better after they replaced the bone-saddle bridge with a traditional Selmer type--warmer, etc.
Bob, could you post a picture of your "micarta" bridge? I've got a guitar I'd like to get a little more volume out of, and your solution sounds promising.
Anyone else experimented with a hard-saddle bridge on a Sel-mac?