BUILDING TIP: Scrap wood "Feeler Gauge" measures perfect action on floating bridges - by G. S. Monroe

editor's note:  G. S. Monroe is a Florida based folk art instrument maker.  Shane Speal calls his instruments "visionary and a true throwback to the Depression Era sound." Visit his website at GSMonroe.com.  Connect with him on Cigar Box Nation at the Official G. S. Monroe Page.

Getting the right string height (aka "string action") on a fretted cigar box guitar can be tricky if you're using a floating bridge as seen above.  In the past, many of us have spent a long time cutting and re-cutting them to get the strings at the exact level above the frets to make playing easier.

Builder, G. S. Monroe has come up with a simple solution to make the floating bridge the right height from the very beginning, using a triangle scrap wood piece he calls a "feeler gauge." 

G. S. Monroe writes:

Anyone that has followed my builds or seen my instruments will know that I'm a huge fan of "floating blade" style bridges combined with a "Zero-Fret" string guide/nut. I have found this combo to be one of the most consistent ways to achieve low string action.

I'm going to now share with you one of my secrets to how I make my floating bridge the correct height.

I use a simple wedge feeler gauge:

I locate where the bridge will sit on the soundboard, and slide the feeler gauge under the string. I then check the action and adjust the gauge until I have the action that I want. I mark that height on the gauge with a pencil:

I then take the gauge to my bridge material and mark that height.

I then draw out my bridge design, cut and finish.

I hope this little tip will help you.

-G. S. Monroe

 

Views: 3285

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Neat - thank your for the tip.  It's a lot easier than the 'trial and error' method of making several bridges or filing them down to suit.

This is a good little tool.

Love this.  I have rarely used floater because of action problems/ time spent getting it right.  What is the thickness of the bridge wood you normally use ?

Sweet, simple solution to what can be a frustrating task.  LOVE it!

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

 

Recommended Links & Resources

Forum

PDF Download: Build a Super Tub Bass (improved upright gutbucket bass)

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Timothy Hunter 3 hours ago. 2 Replies

Soldering Help

Started by Joshua Amy in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Timothy Hunter 3 hours ago. 4 Replies

Fret board Length

Started by Tim Castagnola in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Daniel Walter on Wednesday. 18 Replies

Internal resonator question.

Started by Paul Stephen Eklund in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Andries D. EKER on Monday. 13 Replies

VIDEO & PICS: Reso Bass by Jason Mills of Highwood Guitars

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Timothy Hunter on Monday. 17 Replies

Neck length?

Started by John E Curley in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Christopher G Daniels on Monday. 10 Replies

Volume/tone knobs

Started by Brent Kasl in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by the anonymous pick on Monday. 1 Reply

VIDEO & PICS: Daniel Hulbert's Double Neck Ukulele

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com in Feature Articles. Last reply by Rob Uker on Monday. 2 Replies

Blog Posts

CBG FESTIVALS

Posted by Allen on January 12, 2019 at 11:47am 4 Comments

Homemade Cigar Box Guitar Pickups

Posted by BeetleJuice! on January 10, 2019 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

The long and winding road

Posted by Will Carter on December 28, 2018 at 8:35am 2 Comments

Latest Activity

Uncle John commented on Gerald Schwenke's photo
Thumbnail

Close up.

"But better WITH."
28 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on Mike Willmouth's photo
Thumbnail

04 Mike's CBG 34th Build_Jan 18 2019

"That has a well made and beautiful look to it."
30 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on Downtown Vinnie's video
Thumbnail

Swerveration

"Vinnie, that is very pleasing.  Sweet, even.  A nice start to my day."
34 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on Derek Rose's video
Thumbnail

Helter Skelter on a 3

"Yes, I agree with my learned fellow old fart friends.  Good drone and guitar sounds, smooth,…"
36 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on Uncle John's video
Thumbnail

Needed Time

"Thanks, Richard.  Looking forward to seeing you at the fest. "
46 minutes ago
Mike Willmouth commented on Mike Willmouth's photo
Thumbnail

01 Mike's CBG 34th Build_Jan 18 2019

"I've used the humbuckers before, but this is the first time I used their single coil pup…"
1 hour ago
Mike Willmouth commented on Mike Willmouth's photo
Thumbnail

05 Mike's CBG 34th Build_Jan 18 2019

"Thanks Dave. It is basically blued.  It started out with a nickel finish.  I've done…"
1 hour ago
Richard Sundberg commented on Richard Sundberg's video
Thumbnail

Full Moon Songs

"That’s as cold as I go Uncle! Erasmo is the champ of cold playing insanity! I had no plans,…"
1 hour ago
Richard Sundberg commented on Richard Sundberg's video
Thumbnail

Full Moon Songs

"Thanks Dave! I miss Erasmo’s artic antics as well. He’s still doing it! I see he puts…"
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas commented on Dave Lynas's video
Thumbnail

Snowbird’s Blues

"Thanks Richard. I’m looking forward to CALIFEST. THE COLD SNAP’s got a punch to it. But…"
1 hour ago
B W posted a discussion

Do magnetic pickups and onboard preamps mix?

Hi FolksFishman and Cherub onboard preamps for acoustic guitars come with a disc or rod piezo…See More
2 hours ago
Dave Lynas commented on Dave Lynas's photo
Thumbnail

Chicken for Tony

"I think most roosters have attitude. Most don’t make good pets. I used to raise 100 chickens…"
2 hours ago

Events

Music

Loading…

© 2019   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://api.ning.com/files/Stym6V-ACBaiDP5ilIPA6bJ3rn0ZdlI1EwGHWgROvEkwiCCaNgzJRcZTZH8OGkV3fvK-NboXjThXltWFbcihM-jI4Mwz5SV3/scrollup_icon.png") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->