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JLD Bridge Doctor Screw mount

Screw mount

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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

For what it does

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If you have an exquisite acoustic, maybe your going to seek a luthier or factory repair. For everyday player quality and old favorite git-boxes, this is the bomb. It's a DIY repair that works and every time you play your repaired guitar, and it's better than new, you will smile that special smile.
I used the screw type on a thin line Yamaha acoustic/electric destined for the wall art department. Some patient adjustment over 2-3 weeks and no more belly bloat. Marie Osmond would be proud.

5.0

Just as advertised.

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Flattened the top. Sound was wonderful. Great device worth twice the price.

5.0

A most excellent fix for a front "belly".

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I thought my Taylor guitar was destined for eBay until I saw this repair on YouTube. The only nerve-wracking thing was drilling the hole into the bridge, but this is a great tool for a permanent repair, and the tone is NOT changed.

4.0

Acceptable and easy fix.

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It works but does leave somewhat amateurish evidence that it is there. If you don't mind a fill-hole in your bridgd, (they supply an abalone dot) and it being visible through the sound hole, it is good, but if you cherish some ancient model that must be preserved at all costs, get a neck reset.

5.0

Try anything once

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I'm glad I did...couldn't believe what great job it did taking the belly out of my old Mexican classical guitar...worth every penny...

5.0

just waht any guitar doctor needs

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these are great for guitars that have a slight belly bulge and not only are they a quick and easy assembly they'll enhance the tone as well, making the tone much sweeter for the player.

5.0

We always keep these on hand.

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Easy fix for a difficult problem. The Bridge Doctor works extremely well at straightening up a bridge and soundboard. We've saved many guitars using this simple device. Especially useful on 12 string acoustics that are notorious for bellying a soundboard. These are a staple in our shop!

5.0

what an amazing product!

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I installed this on a friend's Johnson acoustic that had an extreme belly surrounding the bridge. The installation was quick and easy enough to accomplish in less than an hour... What an amazing change to the guitar: the belly was flattened with a minimum of tension applied AND the volume of the strung guitar seems to be positively increased. Wow!!!

5.0

Great idea

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I have a 30 year old Martin D16 that has been through the wars - too many canoe trips, too many camp-fires and one disastrous plane trip to Honduras. Plus it was on the prairies (Alberta Canada) for 25 of those years so it got very dry and you could get the corner of a sheet of paper under the bridge at one place.

I took it in to the local guitar store to see if the luthiers could do anything to restore it but they were afraid it would fall apart on them and sent it home for palliative care. The thing still plays like a dream - I love it, so I thought I'd try the bridge system ( the screw mount version).

The one wrinkle is I have a Fishman pickup in it and of course the middle transducer is right below the bridge where the post goes so I had to notch out about a 9/16 gap in the top of the post leaving barely more than an 1/8th of an inch on each side of the transducer to brace against the bridge block. I just followed the recommendation to just tighten slightly beyond the point where you can freely turn the dowel. There are a couple of very good videos on YouTube showing installation - can't figure why the manufacturer wouldn't post one but anyway ...

It worked like a dream - no ill effect on the pickup and seems to have solved the bridge problem and improved the sound a little (hard to judge on that front but it certainly hasn't been detrimental.) Fairly easy to install if you use care. Definitely recommend it

5.0

the doctor is in!

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Installed it in a Picador acoustic that had a big belly after re-attaching the pulled up bridge. Huge improvement in tone and action. I also recently got a chance to use my Saf-T-Planer to thickness Texas Mesquite wood for a new type of acoustic guitar. Worked good.

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