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  1. Re: Lower action on bridge - brekke - may relate to more

    It is possible to shorten the wedges to get a lower saddle height if the saddle has not bottomed out at the lowest position of the wedges. It is also possible to sand the bottom of the saddle to get...
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    Re: Waterloo Mandolin Released

    Thanks for the nice recommendation Daryl. I've done so many custom original bridges over the years that there are a much greater range of adjustable bridge heights, widths and styles for mandolin,...
  3. Re: Help me understand mortise and tenon neck joints

    There were several reasons why Weber used a mortise and tenon joint on their necks with machine screws and barrel nuts:

    1) The mortise and tenon blanks/bodies were much easier to cut...
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    Re: Richlite bridges

    The Richlite was easy to machine and it sanded and buffed well. The material was a bit darker than the ebony that I used for the other bridge and the feel was more similar to wood than phenolic.
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    Richlite bridges

    Does anyone have experience with using Richlite for bridges? I just cut a custom bridge for a customer/builder from a blank of Richlite that he sent me (the Richlite had a made in Montana sticker...
  6. Re: 1996 Gibson A-5G with 3 signatures on the label

    Helen Beausoleil is amazing and a great person to work with. One of those unknown luthier/builders who have the skills and experience to make a great instrument.

    She started with Steve Carlson...
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    Re: Armrests? magnets?

    Bruce Weber, Montana Lutherie, and I prototyped a new tailpiece/armrest concept (similiar to my Weber design but I think better) for his new instruments last Saturday that uses magnets to allow...
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    Re: Brekke - How Low can it go?

    The traditional Brekke/Weber bridge had two base heights: a short and a tall. I'm glad that Ivan also thought to lower the screw threads. We left at least a 1/16 inch space before the bottom of the...
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    Re: Brekke - How Low can it go?

    Hi Scott,

    This should be a warranty issue for Weber - if you wanted to go that route.

    With that said, there are several possibilities:

    Weber had four bridge base sizes. You may have the...
  10. Re: Sweet Pea 6 string on Goodwill's auction site

    Just talked to Bruce about this instrument. A customer who bought it from Goodwill sent him more pictures. Apparently, someone did a major cut job on an actual Sweet Pea to make this one. They...
  11. Re: Sweet Pea 6 string on Goodwill's auction site

    This was a Sweet Peas prototype that we made to test if the Sweet Pea design could also work as a travel guitar. It didn’t work well and I’m not sure how this one got out into the world. It’s...
  12. Re: Ranger "Travel" Mandolin from the Weber's..Thoughts or Opinio

    The Ranger has a bigger body cavity than the Sweet Pea, a more interesting body shape (I think), MOP inlay on the peghead, an external tailpiece rather than the integral tailpiece of the Sweet Pea...
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    Re: Bruce Weber bridge

    Thanks George and Matt, I'll probably see you at Bruce's shop sometime.

    Vern
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    Re: Bruce Weber bridge

    "The Brekke bridge is so much metal, hard mass metal, posts, bars and such---it reduces the information coming from the strings. A wooden bridge is so much more transformative and transparent."
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    Re: adjustable bridges without thumbwheels

    There are two general styles of Brekke bridges. The original with wedges and set screws and the traditional Brekke/Weber with the knurled nut and wrench. The Original is sold through Bridger...
  16. Re: Has anyone experimented with bridge materials (bone, ivory, e

    "Weber ditched the Brekke original for the new "traditional ". A vast improvement. I had the original on an old mando back in 2005 or 6... good tone, but not very loud. Too bad the cool concept of no...
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    Re: Octave Mando bridge and saddle

    The bridge is a standard Brekke/Weber traditional bridge and it looks to be adjusted about as high as it will go.

    I would check with Bruce Weber at Montana Lutherie. He can send a taller base...
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    Re: Modifications to my 1N?

    For reference: my adjustable flat top bridge will adjust down to .45 (a bit under 1/2 inch).

    Vern Brekke
    Bridger Products
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    Re: Anybody know this mandolin?

    Hey - I designed that peghead... People at the NAMM show said that it was one of the classier designs - of the patriotic themes that were made during that time period. Of couse, if you don't like...
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    Re: Replace Headstock Inlay?

    Adding binding to the veneer will add some extra cost, but is a standard operation for Bruce.

    I hope that you can find a Bighorn, they were consistently some of the best sounding instruments...
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    Re: Replace Headstock Inlay?

    The standard inlay for the Weber two-points was the Bighorn Shield (an elongated diamond with an engraved knot). There were some custom instruments done with the buffalo skull. I'm sure that Bruce...
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    Re: Adjustable bridge for a TC bozouki

    New product alert: Flat or archtop mandolin bridges that adjust as low as .5 inches (original bridge with wedges). I have also done several custom cello bridges using the same concept. ...
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    Re: hex wrench for adjustable bridge

    Breedlove had their own version of the Loar style bridge (not sure if they are still using it). It used a socket head screw embedded in the saddle and a threaded insert. I can't remember if the...
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    Re: "Weber" you like them big or small?

    Now that you mention it ClassicalComp, you're right. I did the original design of that tailpiece for the first Weber guitars (6 string, guitar body base). Then modified it for the Octars (8 string,...
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    Re: "Weber" you like them big or small?

    Mike,

    The tailpiece shown is the Weber tailpiece that was used on those models. Bruce Weber, at Montana Lutherie, should have some.

    Vern Brekke
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