Blooper is the bridge on the right, made before I really understand saddle position compensation for string stiffness. The skew is 2mm from 1st to 6th strings. I then made another with the saddle slot square to the guitar axis and verified that that is ok with the setup in the second picture. An additional 1mm increase to the scale length was noted, and I added another 0.5mm for the sound board flex when under string tension Turn out ok after installation.
Now being short of a bridge for my second build, I have to source for another rosewood blank.
While sourcing, I started thinking of the feasibility of reworking the bridge by recutting the slot square to the axis and necessarily wider to about 5mm, then reduce the slot width by shimming and gluing in a similar piece of rosewood. Now my question. Since the bridge is such a critical part of the tone generation, how detrimental is this acoustically, since the saddle slot area is no longer one solid piece?
A thicker saddle will add too much weight. I have also ruled out using the bridge as is, offsetting the skew either by profiling the saddle (not enough compensation especially for G string), or skewing the entire bridge (5mm skew across the entire bridge is noticeable, even with the wings reshaped).
Of course, I should be using pristine parts for any build
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