#1
Hi, I'm new to these forums as a poster, but I've been reading here and other places about the steps to building a guitar. I've found a lot of the dimensions and this and that that I'm gonna need, but I have a question about the bridge...

I'm doing a solid-body guitar with a mahogany body and I'm planning on a 25 1/2" scale and 24 frets. It's gonna have 2 humbuckers and maybe a single coil in the middle... I'm not too sure on that yet... anyways, what type of bridge should I use? I was thinking I wanted a tremolo, but this is my first guitar, so if a tremolo bridge is gonna be harder to make, maybe I should go for something else. I have no idea if it is any harder than any other. Is the neck going to have to have an angle to it with a tremolo bridge?

The installing of a bridge is an aspect of making this guitar that I am unclear on... I think I have a decent understanding of other aspects, although I suspect that giving it a go will be the best learning experience. I just though I would ask you fine folks for some tips, bridge suggestions, routing dimensions and such as that.

...Oh! one other question: on the neck design, which I am still researching, is it typical to leave a small portion of the fretboard overhanging off of the neck and slightly over the body? Between the Neck and the Neck Pickup that is...
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#2
I would get a kahler tremolo if you want a trem without the routing problems. They fit into the standard stopbar holes, and give you a trem similar to that of a Floyd Rose. I honestly dont know if you need the neck to be angled with the scale your using and such.
#3
1: a trem is definitely harder to install than a regular bridge.

2: I'd suggest a hardtail string through for your first build, works great and is easy to install, if a hardtail doesn't fit the style go for a TOM. stewmac.com has some distances for installing their bridges on their fret scale calculator.
#4
There are so many different types of bridges. If you want to keep it simple, go for the Fender Tele-type - string-through. Depending on how much you want to spend, we can recommend from decent/inexpensive to high-end.

As far as routing dimensions, you can model them after the Strat if you're going for a tremolo, easy to access and measure.

As far as the neck overhang, it's not necessary but is also available.

Good Luck!

#5
Neck overhang is something that I have done on every one of my builds, I like the look of it.

If you're going the hardtail route gotoh makes a very nice one and I've heard good things about hipshot and they look nice (little more pricey though.)
#6
Thanks for the advice so far! The number of bridges availible was baffling to me and I had no idea where to start. You've given me some ideas and I my go with a hardtail the first time around. I would really like a trem, but I certainly don't mind a hardtail or something ya' know? I'll check out stewmac and stuff and if anyone else has a bridge or site to recommend, let me know!

Oh, since this is a first guitar, I'm going with at least decent stuff, but I may not go top end... You can recommend expensive top end if you like though, because this is likely not my last guitar =P
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#7
I recommend gotoh for some nice parts that wont cost you too much, but will be durable, look good, and play great. Gotoh is probably my favorite parts company.
#8
^ gotoh is teh seks . their tuners are firm and responsive, their bridges are very nice and everything is relatively inexpensive
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