Pro Tip - Floating Blade Bridge Action

 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.

 

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Comment by Fantacone Box Works on July 12, 2019 at 9:41pm
Nice idea. Then you strum string to check for buzzing?
Comment by Derek Rose on July 13, 2017 at 2:51pm

Excellent tip - thank you!

Comment by John Sawyer on July 10, 2017 at 1:46am

I made my wedge, but used a sharpie to mark 1/16" height intervals.  That definitely shortened my bridge build/intonation time!  Thanks

Comment by John Sawyer on July 9, 2017 at 11:43am

Brilliant!  Thanks!  

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