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JLD Bridge Doctor Screw mount

Screw mount

Item # 3694
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$22.50

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JLD Bridge Doctor Brass pin mount

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JLD Bridge Doctor

About This Item

• Enhances volume
• Flattens 'bellied' soundboards

A unique solution to a common bridge problem, this spruce device attaches beneath a guitar bridge. An adjustable spruce "pressure post" rests against the tailblock, providing leverage to flatten the soundboard.

The spruce block is 3/4" x 1-5/8" x 3-3/8" tall. The 1/4"-diameter tension rod is 9" long. The mounting post has three different positions to accomodate a variety of bridge styles.

Screw mount: This spruce device attaches beneath the bridge via an inlaid screw (a white pearloid dot is included to hide the bridge screw). An adjustable spruce pressure post rests against the tailblock, providing leverage to flatten the soundboard. Better bridge contact and alignment can also enhance sound projection.

Brass pin mount: The pin-mounted version of the JLD Bridge Doctor attaches beneath the bridge using a threaded brass bridge pin. The strings mount horizontally through the tops of the matching brass bridge pins (included).

StewMac Tech Tip: We recommend the brass pin mount version for 12-string guitars.


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JLD Bridge Doctor Instructions

How to install the JLD Bridge Doctor in an acoustic guitar.

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5.0

JLD Bridge Doctor

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Verified Buyer


This Device does a Great Job in pulling down The Belly that most Flatop Acoustic Guitars get over time . I put a lot of Them in . Happy customers. Luthier Andre Childers at
Back In The Day Vintage Guitar Repair and Restoration. The 1955 Gibson LG 1 came in
With a Nice Belly and a tired Bridge and Bridge Plate . Used a nice Ebony Bridge to replace Narrow Original with Bridge Doctor all is well now .

5.0

I'm a fan of the bridge doctor

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Verified Buyer


- I first installed this in a Dean acoustic bass that had a significant bulge in the sound board. I was not able to take it all away, but it did come down a bit and is stabilized. I may tighten it up a little more sometime to see if it moves any more. I really can't say I noticed any an difference in the sound one way or the other.
- Next installed in a cheap Dreadnought sized Oscar Schmidt acoustic with a bulging laminate top that I take camping and throw about. I'm convinced it increased the sustain noticeably and it sounds surprisingly good overall.
-Just bought another for a Martin DCX1e I bought with a damaged sound board. Once I finish the repairs, I'm installing a bd for good measure.

4.0

Fastest belly repair.

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Verified Buyer


This is my third bridge belly repair but the first store-bought JLD Bridge Doctor. Super easy to install. My only concern is the screw included. It's a little sung. Otherwise, it works great! And may improve the tone of the guitar.The included dot covers the screw. You'll never know it's there!

4.0

So close yet so far away. . . Worked but didn't

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Verified Buyer


I purchased the screw version of the JLD Bridge Doctor last week and it was received and installed today. Main reasons for buying this was (1) to removed the belly bulge that has developed over the years and (2) to lower the action on the strings to make the playability better (by lowering the bridge area's bulge. The guitar for repair is an old Epiphone PR200 that I have had for over 25 years. Yes, it's a cheap guitar and not worth much money wise but it has a history, lots of miles and I love the sound I get from this old thing. Can't find another acoustic that gives anywhere near the same sound.

So. . . Installation was simple and took me about 15 minutes. Adjusting the belly bulge out was done in increments to let the wood settle and I didn't want to take the chance of splitting something. The bulge that has developed had about 3/4" on each side with a straight edge placed behind the bridge. After adjusting I was able to get it down to about 3/16" and called it good. So for removing the belly bulge the JLD Bridge Doctor worked as advertised and scores top marks. That being said, the action only improved by about 1/16" Move the bridge down by over 1/2" by removing the bulge and the action pretty much stayed the same. {Sigh} More trouble shooting ahead.

5.0

Good product **BUT** There is an issue

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Verified Buyer


I had installed the one with the screw on one guitar and it works great. Takes the belly out nicely.I bought the brass pin model to install on my 1968 Martin D28 because I didn't want to drill a hole. The brass pins are not good as supplied. First off the string does not sit up to the ball end. It stops where the string widens and if pulled into the hole the bottom winding for the ball end, ends up resting on the saddle. This is bad. I figured out a solution. I made .156 (5/32) long pieces of brass tubing to put the string through first. The tubing I have in my shop has a .135 diameter with a .098 hole. I slightly countersunk the side the ball rests on. This solved all the problem by allowing the string to seat properly and lengthen the post enough so the string hits the saddle properly. See my pic.

2.0

Beware the counter sunk screw head

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Verified Buyer


For every action there is an equal opposite reaction. I installed the device, tightened the set screw just enough that the trust post would not spin under finger tight pressure and split the back of the bridge out. The guitar acclimated to a 50% humidity environment for three days before installation. I recommend swapping the counter sunk screw with a proper pan head, binder head, or cheese head screw with a washer. I believe the counter sunk screw acts like a wedge and parts the weaker back of the bridge from the stronger front of the bridge. Mid 70s Alvarez 5014 will need bridge repair now.

Response from StewMac


We're sorry the JLD Bridge Doctor did not work for you as you expected. Our friendly customer service team is always here to help at 1-800-848-2273 if you would like to address this issue further.

5.0

JLD Bridge

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Verified Buyer


A must have for a dreadnaught - especially if you like using heavier strings.

5.0

Lifesaver!!

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Verified Buyer


The Bridge Doctor coupled with a refret, new bone saddle and nut and my 40 year old Ventura 12 string is alive and well. Plays better that it ever has. The Bridge Doctor remedied a really bad bow under the bridge. So simple and so amazing.

5.0

Saved a deep salvage job from total failure!

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Verified Buyer


After replacing the bridge plate a regluing a catastrophically failed bridge (when it failed it took a couple piles of the soundboard with it), this entry-level Yamaha was still belly-bulging badly. 30 minutes after I opened the box the bridge doctor was in. All is now flat, in tune and stable. Amazing value, and this guitar is now being played again instead of awaiting our Wednesday trash pick up. Thanks!

5.0

To buy or not to buy from Guitar Center.....

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Verified Buyer


I purchased a multi-thousand dollar 12-string from the people at GC, with the item listed in their Manhattan location and shipped to South Texas. Once strung, the face board of the guitar slowly started to rise, making the action worse and worse. The struts did not seem to be damaged or loose on the face board. So.....what to do? Thank God for the JLD Bridge Doctor, as I was at a loss as to how to salvage this. As this is an Ovation, there are no bridge pins, as they use (in my opinion, the far superior through-bridge). I decided not to drill through the bridge to attach the nylon pin to the face board. I fear that the tapered-head screw supplied will split the bridge. As the Ovation also has the Lyrichord body, the dowel can't be used. I simply glued the top and bottom of the device to the face board and belly of the guitar. So far, so good.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 31 See JLD Bridge Doctor
on page 31 of our StewMac Digital Catalog