leschas wrote:Thanks in no small measure to your help, I'm now at the stage of making the bridge for my first build. I have rosewood and ebony blanks and, for aesthetic reasons, would prefer to use ebony. But I've read that, for classical guitars, it is not as good at transfering the string vibrations as rosewood - although it's commonly used in steel string acoustics. Is there a major difference? Certainly the majority of classical bridges seem to be rosewood.
As usual I would much appreciate your thoughts on this.
Remember the following when chosing the bridge:
1) The bridge should be the first thing you choose when making a guitar. Make the guitar around the bridge (R.E. Brune)
2) The bridge is anothe bracing you are placing on the top. Treat it as a bracing. Fleibility? mass with higher inertia?, etc.
3) I use Br. Rosewood for classical bridges and weight about 30 gms without the bone. (height of the wood, about 7.5 mm)
4) I use Indian or BR for flamenco and weight of about 15 gms.(height of the wood, about 5.5 to 6 mm). Brune recommends for flamenco the use of mahogany as the best wood for bridges.
5) According to an article I read (and later confirmed by Nacio), De la Chica used mahogany for the bridges in his flamencos. He dyed them black.
6) I have seen bridges made of ebony. I do not like the look of ebony for bridges. I like to match the headplate with teh bridge.
7) Paduak is another great wood for bridges in flamenco guitars.