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pgb205
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October 8, 2012 - 8:16 pm
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the bridge that came with my cecillio electric seems to be just a blank bridge that I can't even fit a mute on. I'm an extreme beginner so even if i try to make modifications im not sure they'll come our right. I was looking for a ready to use bridge on amazon but not sure which one is the best for me.I'd rather it not be too expensive(under 10$ preferably). 

thanks in advance for the great advise. 

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wow, I'm shocked that it's that way.

A bridge, at least on an acoustic violin, is a very techincal piece of the whole thing.

It needs to fit precisely on the body and be the right curve and thickness to enhance the sound(s).

Perhaps you should contact the person you got it from and voice your complaint and concern. The other option would be to take it to a luthier or perhaps a music shop near you for some advice on where to get it fitted properly.

I'm sure Daniel will chime in since he plays an electric and I think several others have purchased E-violins that had the same issue and they will help you out as well.

good luck.

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I don't believe there is really such a thing as a ready made bridge.  No two violins are the same so no one bridge can work. There are preshaped bridges but these need to be worked on.

A Cecelio electric bridge, the feet are flat to fit the piezo strip and most bridges have the feet angled to come close to the angle of acoustic violin tops.

My question to you is, why do you want to put a mute on an electric, unless it's a hollow body electric?

 

Follow the intructions to fit a bridge and I am sure you can do the job.

http://fiddlerman.com/2011/11/.....n-m-healy/

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I wouldn't be surprised if the bridge with a new electric was just a blank.  MIne was.

On the bright side, it is a little easier than with an acoustic violin, since the pickup for an electric is usually flat.  If yours is, you can just lay a piece of sandpaper on a table and hold it down and sand the feet until they are flat on the bottom.  So that part is a little easier than sanding them to fit the arch like one has to with an acoustic bridge.

Other than that, you shape the bridge the same way as for an acoustic, like the instructions Kevin gave the link for.

The only thing I did different was I used a method that uses a #2 pencil instead of making a tool for the job as Kevin shows.  Same basic idea, though.

I would suggest taking it a bit easy when sanding or cutting wood off the bridge.  If it comes out a bit thick or too high, you can just take a little more off later.  But too thin and it can warp and break, too short and it won't work.  That means buying another bridge and starting over. 

But if you take your time and ask questions when you have to, you can do it.  I had to do the same thing with mine the day it came in, and I had never worked on any part of a violin or even taken a close look at one before.  The bridge I did that day, is the one I still use on my electric, and it works fine.  Has worked fine for 6 months so far.

Not sure why you'd be thinking of using a mute, though.  Electrics are already quiet, so long as you don't plug them into something like a guitar amp and crank it up.

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October 13, 2012 - 7:59 pm
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I'm afraid I'm not a very handy person so I'd rather get a ready to use product.

What can I get on amazon.com for example that's close. And yes you are right

my electric violin has a flat body.

 

The reason I am using mute is because it's still too loud in my opinion. But when

I practice during day time I leave mute off.

 

thanks

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October 13, 2012 - 9:35 pm
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Your flat top will need a lot of bottom on the feet to cut right, or you buy an adjustable feet bridge.
I have these in stock. First of all the feet are adjustable and the bridge is generally fitted which means that it will probably be fine as it is.
Can you measure from the top of the violin to where the string is located at the bridge and I'll check that this bridge is sufficiently high for your purpose and that you won't necessarily need to cut it down.

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