Im working on a build for someone out of a wine bottle box. The guys adamant about not covering the logo and just doesn't seem to understand where the bridge has to go based on the scale length.  Its a 12" long box and i wanted to use a fixed bridge but it covers the graphics and he wants it to have a neck thru with a tail. 

My question is do you guys thing there will be enough string pressure across the bridge to prevent buzzing? It looks like it will be about 4 1/2" from bridge to strings coming up thru the tail? I dont have the bridge height yet but he wants me to use a oak draw pull as the bridge.  

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I agree. The handle is a oak cabinet pull. It would be "over" where the piezo pick up is glued on. My measured bridge height is 5/8 + a fret on top. I think the handle is gonna be to high. Im sure he ordered it so now i got to wait till he drops it off.

Mike 

A few  other options .

 -Get another box the same . cut out the exact spot  where the bridge covers , and  use that as your bridge so it has the same matching print. ( you could also duplcate that part of the print and apply to bridge)

- Do you have room to offset the neck to pass beside  (above or below) the logo ? 

What an neat idea they wanted unique an offset neck would check both boxes, uniqueness and label preservation. Pick you never cease to amaze me. Would that be considered "thinking outside the box"?

lol.. quite the opposite actually ,,  Sometimes we have to remember...  it is just a box .. and not to overthink it .. especially in the form of "advise" .  ;-)

EDIT... By the photo he just posted , it looks a lil late for an offset neck . 

  • Neck has slight built in offset. I drop the rear 1/8" or a little more. Looks like the bridge will be edge of the O and M. 

cool .. not to mention .. a lil  magic marker / ink pens/  paint /  wood burners ...etc .. goes a long way ....

WOW!

Putting the lid on a color copier would produce a duplicate that can be applied to a scrap piece of wood in order to camouflage the whole thing.

Hi yet again, sorry. That's a good idea from pick. Why I came back was to address your question, how far from bridge to tail. Ideally,for good sound, the briidge sits as close a practicable in the middle of the effective vibrating area of an instruments top. Thus genererating  the best tone and volume. 

Putting the bridge close to an edge, either a side or the tail, will limit the quality of the sound. I have put bridges in from the tail at about 50mm and found the output wanting. I always try for halfway to one third of the box away from the tail. Normally about 100mm to 120mm.

Taff

Not again....yep this may be useful........while waiting for a glue up to dry I tried my Perspex bridge idea and it only took 10 minute to make out of scrap. What you cant read from one angle you can see from another. I'm so pleased at the way this worked out I'm going to use it in the future.

All the writing you see is on the box not the Perspex.

Taff

Nice! Great ideas, thanks. After all this hes ok with what i normally use

Mike

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