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    Hi All,

    Can anyone help me out with dimensions for a Gibson K1 bridge?

    Many thanks!
    Andy

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    Default Re: Mandocello bridge

    Here's mine, which I'm pretty sure is original

    Overall length 5 1/4 inches

    Saddle length 2 5/16 inches

    Thickness 3/8 inch

    Height including saddle, at the G string almost exactly 1 inch

    Hope this helps.
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    Default Re: Mandocello bridge

    Early one piece or the later adjustable ones?

    Phil

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    One piece. 1908/09 I think.

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    Thanks Allen. That's great!
    Last edited by AndyV; May-17-2018 at 12:43am. Reason: Info in previous message

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    Default Re: Mandocello bridge

    What do you think is the value of one of these bridges on the market?

    Phil

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    Default Re: Mandocello bridge

    No idea. Are you selling or buying?

    I'm a good way into fabricating one now.

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    Default Re: Mandocello bridge

    I think I have one in my parts stash. Just curious.

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    Default Re: Mandocello bridge

    Is that the one piece, or the non-height adjustable with saddle inserts?

    If you come up with a price let me know.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Mandocello bridge

    One piece. Don’t think I’m selling it right now. However if you want to PM me an offer I can’t refuse go for it. I also have a 20’s adjustable one but I’m using that for a project.

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    Default Re: Mandocello bridge

    Thanks Phil. I'll see how it goes with my attempt.

    I sure could have used those photos yesterday!

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    Hint-hint---

    Many, if not all of these so called 1 piece bridges are actually 2 pieces!!! Inspect one carefully and you will see that a separate piece that includes the cuts for string compensation actually sits on the full thickness base.


    In other words, make the upper half separately. You can make the compensation cuts with saw and chisel or file, and run the cuts right through the whole face of the upper piece. Then, glue it on the lower piece and touch up the face with a sanding block. That's how Gibson did it. It's a heck of a lot easier than trying to chisel the compensation cuts into a single piece bridge.

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    Default Re: Mandocello bridge

    Great to know! Now.

    I'm using rosewood (I think - decades old scrap from one of my dad's projects) for one I've started on. If I decide to make one from ebony it will be so much easier.

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