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Due to cabin fever, along with a dose of dissatisfaction with guitar tone, I set out to create two bridges for 2 guitars. This first was a gypsy mystery, grande bouche that had a 7 1/2” long moustache bridge. It was not a hardwood, and it was a light color stained black.
For this one, I wanted better contact (it was total contact across the base), more energy transfer and this to sound like a 1930’s Selmer. I chose ebony, and not choosing any specific guidelines except those above, I came up with this:
Powerful, full tone, and gives me the sound I desired.
The second bridge, was for an Altamira M30 which had a replacement Dupont bridge. It looked more like rosewood, was hollowed out, and had feet dimensions that seemed to be like other well made guitars. The sound ended up being kind of dead after awhile, and I chose a Ziricote wood, dense, but less so than ebony. No hollowing, and wider feet.
This brought out a greater tightness, bright but yet not unbalanced.
After reading many of the posts on bridges and how design/weight/materials etc. affects tone, I was surprised at the sounds I was getting.
Anyone else have stories that seem to go against conventional wisdom?