Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank

Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank

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Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank Ebony

Ebony

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Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank Indian Rosewood

Indian Rosewood

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$6.95

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Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank Madagascar Rosewood
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Madagascar Rosewood

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Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank Granadillo
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Granadillo

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$9.95

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Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank Cocobolo
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Cocobolo

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$5.95

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Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank Pao Ferro
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Pao Ferro

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Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank Ovangkol
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Ovangkol

Item # 0304
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$3.95

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Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank Padauk
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Padauk

Item # 0305
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Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank

About This Item

The bridge is one of the most important "braces" on the entire guitar, so it's important to make sure the quality of your bridge stock is absolutely top notch!

The problem is, great, old-school style bridge blanks—the kind players have come to expect on their guitars for decades—have been harder and harder to find.

As a result, our team set out on a mission to scour the world to find sustainable stashes of the best quality bridge blanks available anywhere and now, after much searching, we're proud to stock one of the finest assortments of bridge blanks you'll find anywhere.

Each of our blanks has been kiln dried and is stable and ready for use once it's been acclimated to your shop's environment.

Each one measures approximately:
7" x 1/2" x 2" (177.80mm x 12.70mm x 50.80mm).


Ebony
Our Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) comes from West Africa and tends to be more uniformly black than we have seen from other sources. However, most African ebony is not perfectly jet black, and most bridge blanks have some visible grain and occasional streaks of greys and tans. We think these visual variations offer character and enhance the aesthetics of most guitars but, if you desire a perfectly dark, jet black appearance, consider using our Black Fingerboard Stain to darken the board before glue-up to create the desired visual effect.

Indian Rosewood
It's easy to assume that due to Indian Rosewood's (Dalbergia latifolia) low price this is a lesser quality rosewood, but nothing could be further from the truth. For decades Indian Rosewood has been the choice of boutique builders as well as major manufacturers because it is extremely stable, beautiful, and is (often) much less expensive than more exotic rosewoods. In recent years there have been wide swings in the quality of Indian Rosewood but our team has procured sustainable sources of some of the darkest, most even and straight-grained Indian Rosewood bridge blanks available anywhere.

Madagascar Rosewood, Master Grade
Madagascar Rosewood (Dalbergia baroni) is the closest commercially available substitute—in both tone and visual appearance—for Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra). Our Master Grade offers strong variation, black ink lines and color contrast, from golds to browns to blacks, that make many of these blanks virtually undistinguishable from their Brazilian cousins.

Madagascar Rosewood
Our standard grade Madagascar Rosewood (Dalbergia baroni) bridge blanks are just as high quality as the Master Grade, however, these have a more uniform, brown, straight grained appearance. These offer a more standard understated visual effect and are similar to what you would find on most vintage instruments.

Cocobolo
Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) is another true rosewood that is an excellent choice for bridges. Freshly sanded Cocobolo often appears somewhere between orange and red but, over time, it oxidizes nicely to a deep burgundy, almost black, color. Cocobolo is heavier and denser than most rosewoods and tonally sits between Brazilian Rosewood and Ebony.

Pau Ferro
In recent years Pau Ferro (Machaerium scleroxylon) has become quite popular—both for fingerboards and bridges—due to its sustainability, excellent resistance to wear and ability to export without CITES certification.

Granadillo
Since all rosewoods are now part of the CITES treaty and international export is prohibited, Granadillo (Platymiscium yucatanum) has been rising in popularity among European and North American builders. It is an extremely inexpensive, dense, non-porous wood that resists wear, has a strong resonant tap-tone and glues well. Most bridge blanks range between sandy and "brick" brown and oxidizes over time to a warm dark brown patina.

Ovangkol
Ovangkol (Guibourtia ehie) has been used for years for acoustic guitar back and side sets, but more recently it has become a popular choice for fingerboards and bridges. Similar in density to Indian Rosewood, Ovangkol is another suitable substitute for CITES restricted rosewoods. Most of our bridge blanks are light to medium brown with dark brown and black grain lines that have an exotic, refined look that makes it a great choice for both tone and visual aesthetics.

Padauk
Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii) is an open grained wood that is easy to machine and glue, and offers an extremely beautiful, exotic look to your next custom build. It's tonally similar to Indian Rosewood but has a striking pink/red color that creates a stunning visual effect.

As all rosewoods are now part of the CITES treaty, our Indian Rosewood, Madagascar Rosewood, and Cocobolo are not available for international export.


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2.0

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Verified Buyer


The description stated, "Our Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora) comes from West Africa and tends to be more uniformly black than we have seen from other sources." I had a hard time finding much black in the one that arrived. While this could be a very attractive bridge on a new build I needed it for the repair of a 1967 Martin D-28 bridge that had been shaved down and had an original black ebony bridge. While I have black dye neither my customer nor I felt that was a appropriate fix for this repair.

Response from StewMac


Hi Tim,
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us.
We're sorry to hear our Ebony Guitar Bridge Blank didn't meet your expectations. Unfortunately, we are unable to get Ebony that is completely dark due to this wood being over harvested. A small percentage of Ebony forests produce a tree with purely, dark wood. Because Ebony has been aggresively harvested in the past to obtain as much uniformally dark ebony as possible, this is no longer consistantly available. Our guarantee is 100% satisfaction in every way. If it doesn't meet your expectations, return it anytime for a refund or exchange. Our support team has decades of experience making customers happy.

Response from StewMac


Hi Tim,
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. Unfortunately, we are unable to get Ebony that is completely dark due to this wood being over harvested. A small percentage of Ebony forests produce a tree with purely, dark wood. Because Ebony has been aggresively harvested in the past to obtain as much thouroughly dark ebony as possible, this is no longer consistantly available. Our guarantee is 100% satisfaction in every way. If it doesn't meet your expectations, return it anytime for a refund or exchange. Our support team has decades of experience making customers happy.

Response from StewMac


Hi Tim,
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. Unfortunately, we are unable to get Ebony that is completely dark due to this wood being over harvested. A small percentage of Ebony forests produce a tree with purely, dark wood. Because Ebony has been aggresively harvested in the past to obtain as much thouroughly dark ebony as possible, this is no longer consistantly available. Our guarantee is 100% satisfaction in every way. If it doesn't meet your expectations, return it anytime for a refund or exchange. Our support team has decades of experience making customers happy.

5.0

A perfect piece of Rosewood

By

Verified Buyer


This worked perfectly for an arch top roller bridge I created for my '53 Guild. Some folks had mentioned that they are cut too rough and once you get done sanding there is nothing left; I did not see that. All edges were semi smooth and allowed for plenty of work on the form of the bridge. It was even wide enough for me to get two bridges. Which was good because my drill ate the first one. I used some F1 neck oil for the finish and final sanded it with the 8000 grit polishing paper. Turned out great!

2.0

It was Rosewood. The only thing good about the piece.

By

Verified Buyer


Rough, skewed cut, after removing the saw marks was barely usable. I was disappointed.

Response from StewMac


Hi Byron,
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're sorry to hear our Flattop Guitar Bridge Blank didn't meet your expectations. Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If a product fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace it or refund you. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273 so we can make it right.

5.0

Ebony bridge blank

By

Verified Buyer


Real nice , extra wide ,extra thick , uniformly black ebony bridge blank! Thank you!

Radicic Guitars

5.0

WOW!!!

By

Verified Buyer


Most excellent, Thanx Stewmac, as always! Gb bg

5.0

BRIDGE BLANK 

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Verified Buyer


NICE FLATTOP GUITAR BRIDGE BLANK,GOD QUALITY,HARD CONTRUCCTION FAST SHIPPING FROM STEWMAC.

5.0

LGO

By

Verified Buyer


Good blank. Made a bridge for an old Gibson. Turned out pretty nice.

5.0

Excellent for the shop

By

Verified Buyer


I am so glad

5.0

Good uniform quality and size

By

Verified Buyer


I always know I'll get a fine quality bridge blank and I'll get it quick. I have made many fine bridges from these blanks.

5.0

Bridge blanks.

By

Verified Buyer


More than enough wood to make a bridge. Made one and it looks great.

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