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3/4 Upright Bass Adjustable Bridge

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An adjustable bridge can be a godsend for your Upright Bass. It gives you the ability to vary the action for different styles, lower for jazz styles, where fingerboard buzz is a welcome seasoning, in the middle for general play where you want more note bloom or boom, and higher for bluegrass or rockabilly slap. Of course, adjustable height bridges are also often a necessity to compensate for seasonal changes on some carved instruments.

I have adjustable bridges on both my basses-- I like the ability to fine tune action, as well as raise it for an acoustic bluegrass jam so I can get maximum volume from string bloom room, or lower it for more fingerboard interaction when playing an amplified jazz gig.

The bridges are crafted of fine quartersawn maple, and the adjusters used in these bridges are 1/4-20, so the bridge is a perfect fit for the Fishman Full Circle pickup. We sell combination deals with bridge plus pickup (visit the Full Circle page, linked in the "related items," below).



Bridge Measurements (approx.)
Size: Bridge feet
center to center
Bridge Height
(uncut)
Arch width
(measured in arc) / (measured straight across)
Hey, is this bridge any good?

Yes, as a matter of fact, it is. It's made of very good hard quartersawn maple, the adjusters are well-crafted, and they're tapped well. We've been selling the same bridges, from the same manufacturer, for over 10 years. There are hundreds (or more) satisfied customers using this bridge.

Including:
• Bob (both his Kay and Juzek)
• Mark (fully carved bass)
• Christopher (Kay bass)

So, we all use this bridge ourselves. I'd say that's a fairly good testimonial.
3/4 size: 4 inches 7 3/8 inches 5 inches / 4 5/8 inches
1/4 size: 3 3/4 inches 6 1/2 inches 4 1/2 inches / 4 1/4 inches
1/2 size: 3 7/8 inches 7 inches 4 7/8 inches / 4 1/2 inches
7/8-4/4 size: 4 3/4 inches 7 7/8 inches 5 1/2 inches / 5 1/4 inches


These brand new high quality maple bridges have excellent quality, lightweight aluminum adjusters that were precision installed at the bridge maker's shop. All of our bridges are currently tapped to be used "threads up," meaning that the bridge body is where the threads are (the solid posts go into the feet.) The adjusters are available separately, below, if you want to upgrade a set or install them in an existing bridge yourself. I've posted a large, high resolution photo so you can see the detail of the high grade of maple used.


Instructions are included:
I will be happy to include the two pages of instructions for installing a double bass bridge that I've written and will speak with you via email or on the phone if you have any questions. Installing a bridge isn't brain surgery, but does require careful planning and execution, which my instructions outline. Do you already have an adjustable or regular bridge that needs to be installed, or do you want to get an idea of the process?? Let me know and I'll send you the instructions via email, no obligation.

The photo on the right shows an uncut bridge alongside the one I cut down for my Juzek in July 2008.

3/4 size Adjustable Bridge on my '41 3/4 size Kay
This Bridge is TOO BIG???
That's to be expected! Double basses have different neck angles, which results in the need for different sized bridges -- you can't buy a bridge "off the shelf" to immediately fit your bass. All bridges require fitting. I include instructions to advise you how to trim the top and feet of the bridge to fit your instrument.

The photo shows a similiarly sized bridge cut a bridge down to just 6" tall to fit a 3/4 size Kay; this specific photo is of the adjustable bridge I formerly sold. All 3/4 size bridges come with black adjusters as shown in the photo above.

How can I be sure I have the right size bridge?
If you look or feel inside through the E string f-hole, you will find the Bass Bar; it runs parallel to and below the E string. If you measure from the middle of the bar to the mid-point of the bass and double the measurement, you now know the proper measurement of the bridge's feet when measured from center to center. Choose a replacement bridge in that range (most basses are 3/4 size, approximately four inches from the center point of each foot ) with a height larger than your current bridge.




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Check Out the FAQ Resources That Apply to This Product:
   BRIDGES: Everything I can think to mention about them
   BASSES- PARTS, GLOSSARY of Upright Bass terms

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Some of our customers have told us what they think about this product.
Check out what they had to say!
This site is ALWAYS the first choice for everything I need for upright bass. My first order I called and left a message for Bob, he called me back promptly and answered all my questions regarding bass bridge replacement so, I bought his adjustable bridge and set it up as well as pro. I appreciate that I see Bob on message boards and blog sites lending his opinion and insight into all things BASS. What he has provided for bassists of all levels is nothing short of amazing, philantropic and innovative. This IS the "one stop" bassists need, truly. Thanks Bob.
Jeffrey
Hello There Bob, I have used your site three times and am completely satisfied with the service. I am a professional bass player from the North of England, I bought an adjustable bridge from you, its great, told my brother in law (Principle Bass Scottish Chamber Orc.) and he ordered one and also is very pleased with it. Its a good site and reasonably priced too. All the best...
Andy S
I recently purchased an adjustable bass bridge. By replacing my old bridge I am now getting much better tone and volume. I followed the bridge fitting advice on the paper that you supplied with the bridge and I'm very pleased with the results. Thanks for the quick shipment, friendly service, and quality product!
Mike P.
Hey Bob, Mark and Chris, Just wanted to SHOUT at ya and tell you how satisfied I am with the ADJUSTABLE BRIDGE I ordered from you. I followed your simple instructions and with the help of my wife this bass has NEVER SOUNDED BETTER. I attached an entire sheet of sandpaper to the area and with minimum sanding PRESTO - a great sounding 3/4 Bass. Thanks for a wonderful product and I recommend your products to any person that is sincere about their instruments and the quality of sound.
Jerry H (October 2014)