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Building a bridge for an electric
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My 10 year old daughter has decided she wants to build an electric violin, so we have decided to build one for each of us.  I was looking for resources or how to's on building a bridge from scratch.  Most of the information on bridges I can find starts with buying a blank.  I would like to build a bridge from scratch, and hopefully embed the piezo pickup in it.  If anyone has any ideas or info that would be helpful, I would really appreciate it.  
 

I have included links to our two preliminary drawings.

https://goo.gl/photos/qeMxMRfBTpskDWkG8

https://goo.gl/photos/hkyrt8jjxjFyoSce7

Thanks,

Hal

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Making a bridge for the electric violin is a LOT easier than one made for an acoustic since the EV is usually flat in that area. Adding a piezo pickup to the bridge isn't such a good idea as if you have to replace the bridge for any reason, the cost is more as the pickup is usually not able to be used again as you probably would epoxy it into a hole in the bridge.

I personally like the flat piezo pickup strips like this one on e-bay for holding the bridge. This $15.00 kit comes with a pickup, pre-amp and a knob, etc.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Electr.....20ece8f168

Here's a my pdf you can download and/or read for making a backup bridge for an acoustic.

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/th.....ridge-pdf/

If you want to hold the bridge perfectly square then this little tool is very handy.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Violin.....#038;rt=nc

I prefer to use a blank because you can buy a very high quality maple blank from a reputable dealer for $10 and they are perfect. All you have to do is reduce the height for your strings on your violin and sand the feet flat.

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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Wow.  Thanks for the info and suggestions.  I downloaded your pdf.  Very helpful looking.  

I did get one of these:  

http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ.....ge_o04_s00

However it doesn't come with a preamp.  I will order the one you suggested, and see how it compares.  

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You can see in this pic of my 5 string how that bridge will fit "inside" the pickup.

Just make sure you maintain the lettering side of the bridge vertical when you sand the feet flat. The front is the only part sloped. and on my electric I reduced the width of the shoulder (the part the strings touch) to 1.0 to 1.5mm

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