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Slotted Acoustic Guitar Fretboard & Bridge Indian Rosewood Usa Luthier Made

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Acoustic Guitar Fretboard Blank, Slotted  with matching Bridge.

East Indian Rosewood

Six-string, Martin style.

USA Luthier (ret.) Made

 Bridge with 2 1/4" string spacing

I’ve retired from lutherie, but still like to putter around in the shop.  So I've been making bridges and slotting fretboards.  This set is East Indian Rosewood, which is probably the most widely used wood for this purpose.   I can't buy this wood in the form of lumber, so I have to use pre-cut fretboard blanks which drives up the cost considerably.  Consequently, they are a tad more expensive than my other sets, except for the Ebony.  I can't buy that as lumber, either.  For what it's worth, I make all these parts myself using ordinary woodworking equipment--drill press, routers, band saw, drum sanders and the like.  No employees, no CNC, nothing fancy or automated.


The 20 slots in the fretboard are the standard .022" width, accurately spaced for the Martin 25.4" scale length.  Its width is 2 5/8" throughout.  The bridge is the standard Martin outline with a 3/32" saddle slot width. Apart from the string spacing, its overall dimensions are virtually the same as Stewmac’s  standard bridge (4923).  (I like to think mine are significantly better than those Stewmac sells; and I know for sure they are better than those you can get from the Far East.) 


It also has a particular refinement I often build into my bridges:  the peg holes are in a gentle arc rather than a straight line.  That way, you don’t have six holes lining up through the long grain and inviting a longitudinal split.  (Any repair guy will tell you how often that’s a problem with the Martin-style bridge.)  There’s no effect on intonation, etc.  And it does look kind of cool.  Check out the picture.


 If you're just starting out in lutherie, this set will get you through some of the tricky parts.  I think you’ll like it.  As always, if you do not, send it back to me and I’ll cheerfully refund your money.




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