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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

Brass pin mount

Item # 3695
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$52.75

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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.


Instructions

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JLD Bridge Doctor Instructions

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

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4.0

Bridge Doctor

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Good economical product. I used this to repair a bridge bow on a friend's Goya guitar. It pulled the majority of the bowing out and improved the guitar's tone. Though the guitar was an old beater I repaired it for sentimental reasons and I'm sure I extended the guitars life for another 5 to 10 years.

Be careful when counter sinking the screw mount hole to prevent cracking the bridge. I recommend this product and will use it again.

5.0

A must have for your acoustic!

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Verified Buyer


A truly great invention for the acoustic guitar. It gives the guitar added strength where they need it most and enhances the sound. A great bargain. I believe Breedlove guitars uses these on their guitars. A winner!

4.0

Best thirty dollars ever spent.

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Verified Buyer


I have a 1979 Ibanez Concord Maple Dreadnought with a solid top that was unplayable. The JLD Bridge Doctor gave me my guitar back.

The included instructions are OK but some of us have poor eyesight and need help reading the photocopied instructions included.

4.0

Top Doctor

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Verified Buyer


I have been installing these for years. They flatten guitar tops well. My customers like the pearl dot. At least they say they don't mind.It also allows for lighter tops and bracing. Something for builders to consider. cheers

5.0

Outstanding Product

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Verified Buyer


I have used this item many, many times. I've only had one problem guitar where I installed it too tight and it split the bridge. It does what it should do, just don't OVER-do it. I will not repair a bridge without it. Easy to setup and install.

5.0

Got my baby back!

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Verified Buyer


I salvaged a '96 Epiphone PR160 ebony black beauty from a flea market and spent many, many hours restoring it - repaired neck, refinished, refret, new pick guard, bone nut and saddle, brass bridge pins, etc. I only got to play it for a couple of months when, one night, I was wailing on some AC-DC (don't ask) and the bridge and body just popped. I was just sick.

I'd heard about the Bridge Doctor, but was skeptical. After I installed it, the body and bridge are not only back to normal, but I swear the tonal quality is even better. I got my baby back! I plan on doing the same with an old Lyle hummingbird soon. This thing is great!

5.0

highly recommended

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Verified Buyer


I first tried one of these (screw mount model) about 10 years ago for a bellied flattop. I was very impressed and have since taken to installing one routinely on all my acoustic guitars. More than a prophylactic against bellying, they improve the tone and volume and make me much less nervous about using heavier gauged strings. My one suggestion would be to include the exact sized drill bits required in the packaged kits. The extra couple bucks the kit would cost would be very well spent!

5.0

JLD Bridge Doctor

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Verified Buyer


All my guitars have JLD Bridge Doctors. Besides keeping the top from buckling, it also enhances the sound. It works the same as a soundpost in a fiddle. It makes the whole instrument vibrate. I recommend the bridge doctor for any and all flat top guitars.

5.0

Surpass my expectation

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Verified Buyer


Extremely easy to install. Truly fix my 12 string belly problem

5.0

Bridge Doctor

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I am in the process of building a five course mandocello prototype. I used the Bridge Doctor to allow for very light bracing on a forced contoured light weight cedar top. I am impressed with the support the Bridge Doctor gives to an instrument under the considerable tension of the ten strings I am using for this instrument. I have not yet let the instrument "play in" enough to have a final word on my prototype, but I am quite pleased with the sound quality.

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