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Archtop Bridge Fitting Jig

Archtop Bridge Fitting Jig

Archtop Bridge Fitting Jig

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Archtop Bridge Fitting Jig

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Get a better fit for better sound! This is the easiest way to sand your instrument's arch into the bridge bottom. For guitars and mandolins.

The jig holds the bridge base while the bridge feet are sanded to match the instrument's top curvature.

Proper contact of the bridge feet is critical to the sound of an archtop instrument. Rubbing the bridge base over sandpaper on the arched top of the instrument is a standard technique for matching the bridge and top surfaces. Unfortunately, because it's difficult to hold the bridge by hand and keep it correctly aligned, the bridge feet are usually sanded unevenly into an ill-fitting contour. The instrument loses tone.

Our aluminum jig attaches to the bridge base with the bridge's own thumbweels. Lock the height of the jig roller for the desired bridge angle and move the assembly over the sandpaper. The 3-point contact assures you the bridge feet will be correctly contoured. No more lost tone!


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Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Fitting an archtop bridge, easily and accurately

Did you ever try to fit a bridge to an archtop guitar or mandolin? (Or a violin?) This week Dan Erlewine shows how it's done with sandpaper and a bridge-fitting jig.

Instructions

Product Instructions

Bridge fitting for archtops

How to fit, sand, and install bridges on archtop guitars and mandolins.

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5.0

Luthier, Mandolin builder

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Great & Very Easy to use

4.0

Works

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It does what it’s supposed to, but now that I know what I’m doing, I’m not sure it’s 100% worth the money. If you really need a precision job done, get this. Otherwise, just make sure you tape your sandpaper down as close to the surface as possible, don’t get overzealous, and you should be fine.

4.0

Great little unit!

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I have made these fitting jigs before for violin and archtop guitars but, for the cost of this jig, it's not worth making your own - and it works and adjusts perfectly.

5.0

Worked Great

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Saved a ton of time. Thanks

4.0

Arch top and Mandolin Jig

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Good product, Stew MAC will add decent instructions on how to use there product. I have Eastman Mandolin and I installed a Ledbetter bridge. Came out perfect.

5.0

Archtop Bridge Fitting Jig

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Great Tool !
Makes Fitting a Bridge to an archtop guitar very easy.
Thanks to this tool the sound of my Gretsch with Synchro-Sonic Bridge could be improved considerably.

5.0

Makes bridge fitting easy

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Using this tool made fitting a new archtop bridge as simple as the video implies. Worth every cent!

5.0

Great for mandolin

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This tool makes it easy to shape the bottom of the bridge to fit the mandolin top. No chance of rocking as when doing it freehand. Nice full contact to the body improves sound.

5.0

Works like a charm!

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Makes fitting wooden floating bridge to arch top a breeze. Great tool.

5.0

Bridge fitting jig

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I had a customer who wanted me to make a Gretsch synchromatic style bridge. Because there is much more contact space on the feet, I decided to try this jig. It worked perfectly and saved me a lot of time.

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