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    Default Weber Gallatin Brekke Bridge adjustment?

    Hi all,

    I have a student with I believe to be a 2006 Weber Gallatin with a Brekke bridge. This is a non traditional adjustable bridge where you need an Allen wrench to adjust the action.

    The problem is see is the finger board is arched much more than the top of the bridge. The action on the A and D strings is fine, but the action on the G and E strings is too high. I've never tried adjusting one of these bridges.

    Is there a way to adjust the action on the G and E strings without also altering the action on the A and E? If no, any suggestions? If a new bridge, any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!!

    Pete

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    Default Re: Weber Gallatin Brekke Bridge adjustment?

    Adjusting the screw on the bass side will lower the bass side, just like on a normal Loar-style bridge. It's not quite as dramatic an adjustment as on a Loar style bridge, but it does work. And you can always reshape the top of the insert, worst case scenario.

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    Default Re: Weber Gallatin Brekke Bridge adjustment?

    From the photo, the bridge doesn't appear to be at all well-fitted to the instrument's top. I would consider that Job #1, prior to trying to match fingerboard and bridge insert radii.

    There's a good chance your student could send the instrument to Weber and they would straighten it out for him. In my experience, they're very accommodating folks.

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    Default Re: Weber Gallatin Brekke Bridge adjustment?

    Consider contacting Vern Brekke, a member here, or Bruce Weber, Montana Lutherie. They made that bridge, not the current Weber company.
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    Default Re: Weber Gallatin Brekke Bridge adjustment?

    Anybody have experience and/or opinions on the sound of these type bridges vs more traditional bridges?
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    Default Re: Weber Gallatin Brekke Bridge adjustment?

    I had one a long time ago on a dud of a GoldTone…it improved it a bit, but it was a weak mando that could only get a little better.
    I have the new traditional Weber bridge on both my mandos, and they are both hot rods!
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    Default Re: Weber Gallatin Brekke Bridge adjustment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Martin View Post
    Anybody have experience and/or opinions on the sound of these type bridges vs more traditional bridges?
    I like mine fine on my 98 Absaroka. Took off the ‘modern’ wrench adjustable bridge Bruce substituted when I had some other work done because it made the action way too high. Loud but painful to play.
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    Default Re: Weber Gallatin Brekke Bridge adjustment?

    I tried one (all wood with Allen wrench adjustment) several years ago on my 1992 Flatiron Master Model F5 and was very disappointed with it. It significantly reduced the volume and reduced the clarity of the notes to my ear. They may work for some instruments and some folks, but I didn't leave it on my mandolin but a few weeks. The instrument currently has a Cumberland bridge on it that I'm very satisfied with.
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    Default Re: Weber Gallatin Brekke Bridge adjustment?

    Hi Pete,

    I would also suggest contacting Bruce at Montana Lutherie. If the neck has changed it can affect the bridge height so it's possible that your truss rod may need adjustment and he's good at walking people through that process.


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    Default Re: Weber Gallatin Brekke Bridge adjustment?

    Interesting. I just had one installed on my Pomeroy F5 and it improved the volume and tone. I really like it! The luthier did spend time to fit it perfectly to the mando top which is obviously key to a good result. And the 12" radius of the bridge just happened to match the 12" FB radius of my Pom.
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