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African Blackwood Bridge Blank

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African Blackwood Bridge Blank

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African Blackwood Bridge Blank

About This Item

A very musical tonewood, and a fresh alternative to traditional ebony. African Blackwood is very hard (good for tone) without being brittle (good for shaping).

Cutting into these bridge blanks reveals a handsome grain of chocolate brown swirled into pure black. Buffs out nicely and polishes to a nice sheen.

Each blank is approximately 7-1/4" x 5/8" x 1-3/4" (184.15mm x 15.88mm x 44.45mm).

Bridge making tips
Routing: African Blackwood is very hard, so we recommend our carbide bit for routing the saddle slot.

Gluing: Since Blackwood is dense and non-porous, rough up the underside of the bridge for good glue adhesion.


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5.0

My First Experience With Stewart-MacDonald

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Verified Buyer


Placing my order was quick and easy...
My order was quickly filled...
The price was fantastic, and the value was high...
I received EXACTLY what I was expecting...
There were no surprises.
I am very satisfied, and would absolutely recommend Stewart-MacDonald to others.

5.0

Just what I wanted.

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Verified Buyer


A forest fire in California took most all that we owned. One item that remained was my old cavalry
sabre, although badly damaged, it could be restored. The hand-grip appeared to be African Blackwood, and was completely burned away. It appears that this order will take care of that problem
very nicely. Thank you!

4.0

Nice piece of special wood

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Verified Buyer


As described, a block of looks like hi-quality blackwood.
Have several projects in mind for it!
Nice sale price too...

5.0

African Blackwood Bridge Blank

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Verified Buyer


Beautiful!!

4.0

Great wood, piece had some issues...

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There were cracking off edges on the piece I received (splinters). Would have expected more but will deal with what I received...

5.0

Best wood for the job.

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Verified Buyer


ABW is superior to ebony for bridges and fingerboards (and everything) as it is far more stable- ie it shrinks far less across the grain (so think less frets sticking out the side of the fingerboard etc).

This blank I received was basically slab sawn (see the end grain) but I still rather use this than ebony. Actually, not perfectly quarter sawn bridges are a good idea especially if you put your bridge pin holes all in the same row, which greatly weakens those grain lines which may cause a crack along the pin holes.
I put my bridge pin holes an equal distance from the saddle slot to stop this weak grain line issue so I prefer to use 1/4" wood for bridges. I will still use this piecel.

5.0

AN EXCELLENT ALTERNATIVE TO EBONY

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I did some research on bridge tone woods and had been aware over the years that ebony is the highest in internal damping. When replacing bridges in the past I'd replaced like with like but have always preferred rose wood. I'm not fond of black staining a pretty piece of rosewood but have done so for looks. With Blackwood you get the best of both. The black color with superior tone. These blanks from Stewmac are excellent with good grain orientation and color. I highly recommend them.

5.0

blackwood bridge blank

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wow wow great wood

5.0

Gibson J45 Bridge Replacement

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Verified Buyer


I got this bridge blank just for something different and had a good luthier make a new bridge for my '65 Gibson J45 (got rid of the adjustable bridge). The sound difference is amazing with the tonal qualities anyone would love. I now have a vintage guitar worth keeping. I'm a believer in this tone wood and would highly recommend it.



StewMac PDF Catalog, page 65 See African Blackwood Bridge Blank
on page 65 of our StewMac Digital Catalog