Bridge over troubled water

Bridge over troubled water

Wow, what a job.  I can’t believe I actually volunteered to help install this new adjustable bridge.  But, after all, it is my bass.  So, I hooked up with my luthier buddy, George, and we went to work.  I don’t think there been that much sanding (by hand) since Noah built the ark.  I had never worked on a bass before and I’m pretty sure I won’t ever do it again.  Just putting strings on the darn thing was ten times more work than stringing a banjo.  By the time you get down to that E string, it sort of like working with re-bar.  Not to mention that those winders are down in hole and for a guy with big hands….that not a good combination.

But, things turned out very nicely.  It plays good and sounds good.  And I got through the entire experience without cussing and lost 2-1/2 lbs, to boot.  I went to bed real early that night and the world was much brighter the next day.  So, we played some music and had a few of George’s friends over for a little jam session.  All of a sudden, everything was OK.

2 thoughts on “Bridge over troubled water

  1. Wow, I didn’t know they made adjustable bridges. Does it allow you to change the height? My daughter Bronwen plays violin and recently started building her own 4/4 violin with the help of her Luthier friend here in Waco, Tim Johnson. She’s still placing the purflings with hide glue and asked for a microchisel for Christmas. Hope you have a good one, Uncle Don! Email me your address and I’ll get a Christmas card to you.


    1. Hi, Kara. Yes, it allows you to adjust the height of the string action. It’s great that Bronwen is engaged, not only in learning to play, but how to build and maintain an instrument. She’ll use that the rest of her life. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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