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    Default Cumberland Acoustic bridge for my Kentucky Km-650?

    I know very little about this part of mandolins and the girlfriend wants to get me a gift for christmas. I was thinking of getting a new bridge if it would be a worthwhile noticeable upgrade to my KM-650 with Tonegard.

    Edit: I spoke with a few shops and luthier's, one that hand builds mandolins, and they seem to think the CA bridge would not give me any real noticeable difference then the bridge that came with the mandolin. Any thoughts on this?
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    Default Re: Cumberland Acoustic bridge for my Kentucky Km-650?

    Part of this would depend on the particular bridge you have on it now and how well it is fitted. The second part of the equation is how well the CA bridge will be fitted. Simply swapping to a CA bridge that is not fit well, could be a downgrade.

    Assuming your current bridge is the stock bridge with the factory fitting, a well fit CA bridge should be a nice upgrade. How much so depends on the mentioned factors as well as the particular mandolin and the rest of the setup on it.
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    Default Re: Cumberland Acoustic bridge for my Kentucky Km-650?

    Every, properly fitted, CA bridge I have installed, has improved the sound/tone of the mandolin I have installed it on. Off hand, I've put one on at least 6 different mandolins. Even an Alvarez A800, that sounded like a brick with strings before I put the CA bridge on.
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    Default Re: Cumberland Acoustic bridge for my Kentucky Km-650?

    You'll get better return working in technique.

    I didn't see any return on putting a CA on my A3 (i.e., replacing the original one-piece fixed bridge).

    I like the tonegard. Got 2 or 3 on hand. That said, I've recently stopped using them. Heck, I'm not striving for volume! I'm striving for dynamic range, touch, phrasing, etc. Amping up the volume in such practice is not needed. . . for me!

    Have fun, but in the end, you likely just need to keep buying mandolins! Ha!

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    Default Re: Cumberland Acoustic bridge for my Kentucky Km-650?

    I don`t know what quality bridge is on the KM-650 but I installed a CA bridge on my KM-956 and it didn`t sound any different, the bridges on the high end Kentucky`s seem to be top quality....I know they are not a CA bridge because the hole spacing for the saddle is a bit different....

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    Default Re: Cumberland Acoustic bridge for my Kentucky Km-650?

    Before getting a new bridge, make sure your existing bridge is well fit. Then splurge on a few different sets of strings and try them to see if you can get more of the sound that you like
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    Default Re: Cumberland Acoustic bridge for my Kentucky Km-650?

    The current bridge that comes with the KM-650 is a Polished Tonewood. I'm hearing mixed opinions on if it will really be a better bridge or not. A lot of people swear by CA, but some people say for my current mandolin it won't make much of a difference other then the branding.
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    Default Re: Cumberland Acoustic bridge for my Kentucky Km-650?

    I say go for it and get the CA bridge. In the big picture, it's not a lot of money and a chance worth taking. Heck, you may even learn something along the way.
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