I am new to CBG building. I have built 2 so far and I have used 5/16 bolts for the nut and bridge. I recently bought two laser-cut wooden bridges and two bone nut blanks. My question is: the wood bridge is considerably higher than the 5/16 bolt. Does anybody else use these and do you cut them down in size? Also, are there any special techniques I should use installing the bone nuts? Thanks for any suggestions/solutions.
Thanks for the feedback, Joe. I am building it fretless, so the string height is not super critical, but I would like to keep it around 5/16". I'll be sanding away! Thanks again.
It sounds like an acoustic; are you planning on ever adding a piezo and input jack so it can be plugged into a amp? I believe under the bridge is a good place for a rod piezo, especially if your soundboard is small and you don't get a good sound from the piezo on the soundboard, and/or you have other space constraints in the interior. Maybe it's possible to embed a rod piezo into the top of the bridge? I don't know, but I am so excited about the possibilities that I'm going to install one in a cheapo ukulele, just to see if it works. A pickup also could save a "failed" build, so I'm taking this into consideration for all my future builds.
Actually it's cheap enough to buy finished bone nuts, so I haven't tried to notch my own. Also, I'm assuming you're aware that usually notches are made in proportional size to the strings. This may be overkill on a CBG, no doubt you noticed the bolt works fine. Although if you want to make it convertible to string left or right handed, you might avoid gluing the nut.
I installed the pre-amp bundle from CB Gitty that comes with the rod piezo. The rod is directly under the bridge and I think it sounds great. The bone nut took a little time and effort to get it to my liking, but I am satisfied with it. The Patron box makes a beautiful guitar. Thanks for your input.