Bridges

Estimated dimensions for the archtop guitar bridges (220x30x30 mm).

 

The bridge is responsible for transmitting all of the strings energy into the body of the guitar.

It has two parts: the foot and the saddle. The bridge is not glued to the top , it is fixed in its position by the pressure of the strings. The former adapts the bridge to the arched top surface, and has two posts that get into the saddle. These posts are threaded so that a thumbwheel can move up and down over them, rising and lowering the saddle to adjust the action of the instrument.

The wood most used for the bridge is the Ebony, even though the range of choices is widening in the market . In Maderas Barber whether if you look for traditional wood or something different is likely that you will find it here.

Bridges 

Subcategories

  • Cocobolo (CITES)

    Cocobolo is an amazing exotic precious wood, extremely beautiful ranging in colour from yellow, orange, red and shades of brown stripes with streaks of black or purple.

    Hardness, strength, and dense wood, desirable properties to transmit vibrations through the bridges, a fundamental part for the sound of the instrument that supports the strings.

    In Maderas Barber we have gorgeous Cocobolo bridges for Archtop guitar.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia retusa.

    COMMON NAMES: Cocobolo, Granadilla, Cocobola.

    ORIGIN: Nicaragua.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 990-1250 Kg/m3. Cocobolo can have different colours, ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow. Colours are lighter when freshly sanded/cut, and darken with age. Grain is straight to interlocked, with a fine even texture. Good natural luster.

    Notoriously allergenic.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occasionally cause problems with gluing. Also, the wood’s colour can bleed into surrounding wood when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats not to smear the wood’s colour/oils into surrounding areas. Tear out can occur during planning if interlocked grain is present; the wood also has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges/tools due to its high density. Cocobolo has excellent turning properties.

    DRYING: Slow drying wood. Risk of deformation or cracks.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards, bridges, headplates. Wind instruments.

  • African Ebony

    Bridge supports the strings and transmit the vibration. African Ebony bridges are demanded for its durability strength and quality sound.

    Ebony is one of the most used wood by the luthiers. In Maderas Barber we have a big choice of different Ebony qualities bridges for Archtop guitars.

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.

    COMMON NAMES: African Ebony, Black Ebony.

    ORIGIN: Central and Western Africa.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1030-1050 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour and hardwood is jet-black.

    Occasionally dark brown or greyish-brown streaks may be present. Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing but can be difficult to work due to its extremely high density. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear out may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occasionally cause problems with gluing. Finishes well, and polishes to a high luster. Responds well to steam bending.

    DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split.

    USES: Fingerboards. Wind instruments.

  • African Exotic Ebony

    One of the most important characteristic of the Ebony is its strength and beautiful appearance. Exotic Ebony is the best option for its strength and figured giving to the instrument a wild touch. It is the ideal material for its endurance, hardness and exotic looking. Exotic Ebony bridge add to the instrument a brilliant and dynamic touch

    In Maderas Barber we have Exotic Ebony bridges for Archtop guitars. Get yours and discover this exclusive wood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.

    COMMON NAMES: Exotic African Ebony, Exotic Black Ebony.

    ORIGIN: Central and Western Africa.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1030-1050 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour and hardwood is jet-black. We can find on this specie a wide variety of colours. Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing but can be difficult to work. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear out may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. It can crack easily under changes in temperature or because of humidity. Machining and gluing can be complicated due to its high density. Finishes well. Can cause skin problems.

    DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split.

    USES: Musical instruments fingerboards. Wind instruments.

  • American Walnut

    It is not as common or as much demanded as the Rosewoods timbers but it has started to gain new followers. It has an even sound, good bass response and clear trebles. Once the wood is dry it is a very stable and resistant.

    Bridges transmit the vibration of strings, walnut is a good option for it because of its stability and resistance. Expand the range of possibilities with our walnut bridges for Archtop guitars.

    BOTANIC NAME: Juglans nigra

    COMMON NAMES: Black walnut, American Walnut.

    ORIGIN: United States and Canada.

    DESCRIPTION:   Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Colour can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-grey to nearly white. Grain is usually straight, but can be irregular. Has a medium texture and moderate natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work provided the grain is straight and regular. Glues, stain and finishes well. It is recommended to wear a face mask. Can cause eye and skin irritation.

    DRYING: Drying process must be slow.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides. Fingerboards.

  • Indian Rosewood

    Indian Rosewood have been the most widely used wood for the Archtop guitar bridges. This wood yields a warm and bass tone and has become the tone wood of choice for most manufacturers. It is durable and rugged. Colour can vary from a golden brown to deep purplish brow, with darker brown streaks. Tens to darken with age.

    In Maderas Barber we have Indian Rosewood bridges for Archtop guitars. Fall in love with the warmth of this wood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia latifolia.

    COMMON NAMES: Indian Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: India.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 870-900 kg/m3. Heartwood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. Has a medium texture and fairly small pores. The grain is usually narrowly interlocked.

    RECOMMENDATIONS:  It can be difficult to work with tools because of its interlocked grain and density. The wood can sometimes contain chalky deposits that will rapidly dull cutting edges. Glues and finishes well, though colour from the wood’s natural resins can inadvertently bleed onto surrounding surfaces when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats. Can cause skin irritation

     

     

    DRYING: Dries slowly. There is no risk of deformation but it can crack. The wood colour improves with the drying.

    USES: Guitar tops , backs, fingerboards, bridges, headplates and Zanfoña pieces.

  • Madagascar Rosewood (CITES)

    Madagascar Rosewood bears a close resemblance to the Brazilian Rosewood but it is lighter. It’s being touted as a high grade wood for its sound and beauty of colour. One of the most important characteristic is its hardness, touch and aesthetic that’s why Madagascar Rosewood is one of the best options for your guitar bridges.

    In Maderas Barber we have different qualities of Madagascar Rosewood bridges for Archtop guitars. Find out its sound properties and beauty.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia baronii.

    COMMON NAMES: Madagascar Rosewood, Palisander.

    ORIGIN: Madagascar.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 920 kg/m3. Heartwood generally ranges from a light yellow-brown to a darker orange or reddish brown. Darker black streaks are common, and can produce a grain figure known as “spider-webbing” .Pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. Grain is usually straight, with a uniform medium-fine texture.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though depending on the species, it can blunt cutting edges rapidly. Care should be taken in gluing and finishing, due to natural oils in the wood that can disrupt the drying process. Turns and polishes well.

    DRYING: Dries slowly . Natural oils can interrupt the process.

    USES: Guitar tops , backs, fingerboards, bridges, headplates.

  • Kingwood

    Kingwood is very much appreciated for its aesthetic and sound properties. One of the most important characteristic is its high density, hardness, touch and aesthetic. Kingwood bridge will give to your guitar an elegant and showy finish.

    In Maderas Barber we have high quality Kingwood bridges for Archtop guitars. Find out this wonderful and exotic wood. Stiff, stable and hard.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia cearensis.

    COMMON NAMES: Kingwood.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 1020 kg/m3. Heartwood is a dark purplish or reddish brown with darker black streaks. Sapwood is a pale yellow. Grain is usually straight; occasionally interlocked. Fine, uniform texture and a high natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Tends to be difficult to work due to its high density. Kingwood has a moderate blunting effect on cutters, and tear out can occur during planning if interlocked grain is present. Can be difficult to glue due to natural oils and high density. Turns very well and takes a high polish.

  • Santos Rosewood

    Santos Rosewood or Pau Ferro is very much appreciated by the luthiers and has been used as a substitute of the different Rosewoods and Bubinga. One of the most important characteristic is its hardness and aesthetic that’s why Santos Rosewood is one of the best options for your bridge instrument. Excellent quality-ratio price. Tonally it is cross between Ebony and Rosewood.

    Enjoy the beauty and sound of the Santos Rosewood bridges for Archtop guitars that we have in Maderas Barber.

    BOTANIC NAME: Machaerium scleroxylon.

    COMMON NAMES: Pau Ferro, Morado, Bolivian Rosewood, Santos Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 940 kg/m3. Colour can be highly varied, ranging from reddish/orange to a dark violet/brown, usually with contrasting darker black streaks. Narrow sapwood is a pale yellow and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is typically straight, though sometimes slightly irregular or interlocked. Fine, even texture and a naturally high luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Pau Ferro is considered overall to be of fair workability, as it can blunt the cutting edges of tools, and any irregular grain has a tendency to tear out during machining operations. Also, many of the same challenges in gluing rosewoods are common to Pau Ferro as well. Pau Ferro turns and finishes well. Can cause eye and skin irritation.

    DRYING: Dries slowly. No risk of deformation but it can crack.

    USES: Guitar tops, backs, fingerboards , headplates and bridges. Wind instruments.

  • Sycamore

    Sycamore wood is recommended for bridges. It is not an endangered species and is easily available. Bright tone, dense and stiff wood.

    Fall in love with Sycamore bridges. Get yours for Archtop guitar at Maderas Barber and find out its particular tone.

    BOTANIC NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.

    COMMON NAMES: Sycamore, Maple.

    ORIGIN: Central Europe, Eastern Asia.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 640 kg/m3. Sapwood colour ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though it has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even colour.

    DRYING: Allow air dry but can cause spots and colour alterations. It is important to dry it quickly to keep the white colour.

    USES: Guitar , backs and sides, bindings and fingerboards.

  • Wenge

    Despite of needing to be treated to be used, if it is done correctly, results are fantastic.

    It is a lot more porous than other woods and is thus much harder to work. Wenge is hard and strong, good properties for the Archtop guitar bridges. Wenge have similar sound to the Ebony and the Rosewoods. It is very rich and warm sounding.

    In Maderas Barber we offer you Wenge bridges for Archtop guitars. Don’t miss this resonant wood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Milettia laurentii.

    COMMON NAMES: Wenge, Panga-Panga

    ORIGIN: Central Africa

    DESCRIPTION: Density 830 kg/m3. Heartwood is medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, with nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish the wood can become nearly black. Grain is straight, with a very coarse texture. Low natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS Can be difficult to work with hand and machine tools. Blunts tool edges. Sands unevenly due to differences in density between light and dark areas. Very large pores can be difficult to fill if a perfectly smooth/level finish is desired.

    DRYING: Slow drying speed. Low risk of deformations.

    USES: Guitar fingerboards, bridges, headplates, backs and sides. Bodies for electric and bass guitars.

  • Ziricote

    Ziricote wood is very much appreciated for its looking and beauty. This timber is highly coveted not only for its looking but also for its tone. Ziricote is easy to work with . It has a tendency to develop end and surface checks during drying, but is stable afterwards. Ziricote provides and experience identical to the finest Rosewood. Ziricote is a dense and hard wood perfect for the bridges.

    Discover the quality of the Ziricote bridges for Archtop guitar that we offer you in Maderas Barber. Be amazed by this stunning wood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Cordia Dodecandra.

    COMMON NAMES: Ziricote

    ORIGIN: Central America.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 805 kg/m3. Ziricote has colour ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” grain figure. The pale yellowish sapwood is sometimes incorporated into designs for aesthetic effect, or to cut down on wastage. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to fine texture, with good natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS Ziricote is fairly easy to work considering its high density. The wood tends to develop end and surface checks during drying, which can be problematic: though the wood is stable once dry. Ziricote turns and finishes well, and in most instances, it can also be glued with no problems.

    DRYING: Dries slowly. Risk of deformations or cracks.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards.


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