#1
How would I go about doing this? The guitar is a strat style project which i am working on. I have a drill press and a router. Any help is appreciated.
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Last edited by Miracle_Man at Feb 29, 2008,
#2
You mean carving out a block so that the bridge sits lower into the body? Sounds . . . terrible. If you mean just installing a bridge, you just drill a hole to tap in each post.
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#3
Well first off.. if it's a strat style then why do you need a tune o matic? don't they have a bridge with saddles that adjust inotation? Sorry I don't know much about strats but that's just what i thought.
#4
Yeh I could always go with a standard hard tail strat bridge but I wanted something different
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#5
Ah, Ok, that'd be why. I don't know about doing a recessed, doesn't sound like it would work out to well IMO, might put the strings to low, and get a fret buzz. They post go pretty low by themselfs. But maybe think about a bridge like this
wrap around bridge
http://www.pigtailmusic.com/pigtailImages/intonatable_bridge_lg.jpg

Or something like this

http://www.stewmac.com/catalog/images_1lg/5846_1lg.jpg
#7
well i know that warmoth builds guitars with recessed ToMs, but i lack understanding into why it would be better to recess it, other than for action purposes
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#8
^^Those bridges look nice, I might consider them. As for recessing it, I thought it was necessary to have a TOM bridge recessed in a strat as there is no neck angle to compensate for a high bridge.
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#9
^ Yup, that is true.

Do you know how high your TOM bridge is and how high the neck is off the body? You'll need that to know how much to recess it
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#10
The recessed TOM bridge works very well on strats. The lack of neck angle makes it a requirement. I have a guitar sitting at home and could measure it but am pretty far from there right now and wont be back for couple weeks. Its not real deep probably 3/8 of an inch. As for placement stew mac has a calculator on their site to help with that.
#11
Simply measure the height of your existing bridge from the top of a saddle to the surface of the guitar. An easy way to get the measurement is to measure the height of the string above the body at the bridge. I would measure the height of both E strings then use those measurements later for setup of the new TOM. After you measure the original bridges' saddle height, measure the thickness of the new TOM bridge at the same position saddle as you did from the original. This time, just measure from the bottom of the TOM to the top of the saddle. So, now you know how high the saddles of the original bridge are. Also, you now know the thickness of the new bridge. Subtract the original height from the new TOM height and that will tell you the minimum route depth you need. You will want to go a little deeper for adjustability...I'd say maybe at least an 1/8" or more added to whatever answer you got. All that's left is to route a recess, drill the stud holes and mount the bridge. Use the measurements of the E strings heights from the original bridge to set the TOM up. That should give you a good starting point.
#12
Doesnt Carvin do this? Yea i think they do. They recess their bridges in the body so it sits on the body. This is to help the bridge from flexing when you tune or rest you hand/palm on it (according to Joe Walsh, in an interview with Carvin).

Check out some of their guitars and that might give you an idea.

As far as how to do it, use a router with a straight edge i guess.
#13
Quote by Chad48309
You mean carving out a block so that the bridge sits lower into the body? Sounds . . . terrible. If you mean just installing a bridge, you just drill a hole to tap in each post.

Wrong, many guitars have recessed bridges, and its in order to improve action, a mark of quality if anything. (unless a desire for the full height of a TOM is wanted in which case the perfect neck angle would be used).

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Ah, Ok, that'd be why. I don't know about doing a recessed, doesn't sound like it would work out to well IMO, might put the strings to low, and get a fret buzz. They post go pretty low by themselfs.

Also Wrong, TOM bridges are pretty high in their lowest posistion, in comparison to hardtails, and if you recess the TOM and it is too low so that fret buzz etc occurs, you can always adjust the bridge so that it is higher, with thumb screws untill perfect.




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