Hi all, building a traveler style uke. Nearing the end, but the standard glue one uke bridge (rosewood and bone) I intended to use ends up about .25 inch / 6mm to low. Neck and fretboard are glued in place and not adjustable. Would a block of wood under the bridge kill the sound? Could a longer piece of bone work ok? Concerned about string angle from the string mounting holes. Or should I change gears and go to a floating bridge and string retainer? Other thoughts?
Hi, I am just got to the bridge stage of building two ukes, but I have not made a decision yet on bridges. Will possibly go glue on.
But to answer your question, I would consider putting a shim of the required thickness glued to the bottom of the bridge you have , or make a thicker /higher bridge.
Making the saddle too high can lead to other problems.
personally, I would not shim the whole bridge... I like the banjo style floating bridge idea...
I cut a little piece of plastic to the height needed if just the bone was taller, definitely to tall. Didn't like the look of the shim either. If I had a chunk of rosewood a new taller bridge seems like it would be ok, but I decided to make a floating bridge and little block for a string retainer. Thanks for the input!