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Bridge for electric violin
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For a few years I've been playing an electric that I've never really liked. There were some things I wasn't sure about and I went for safe solutions so the result wasn't optimal...

Now finally it's seems like I'm about to start the making of a new fivestring instrument which will be a realization of the electric fiddle I actually want to play. A very simple construction with a solid body similar to Les Paul Junior. The construction of the bridge is however very essential for a solid body instrument, so I'll spend some extra time and money on that particular detail.

I'd like the bridge to be adjustable so I can try different string heights. I also play doublestops most of the time, so even if the instrument is fretless, I like proper intonation. My idea is using ABM singlestring bridges made for electric guitar. Each string saddle is a bridge of its own, adjustable in two dimensions. The adjustability isn't limitless of course so they must be placed on an arched surface. Also, the intonation needs some compensating, placing the C bridge farther back than the E bridge..

My biggest problem is how to find the proper positions. There will be now tailpiece, so I'm not sure how to find the right place for each saddle. I can't tune the string when it's not anchored... Making the proper arch of the wooden block that will serve as bridge foundation will also be a problem for the same reason.

Any ideas?

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Although it may sound reasonable to use seperate bridges, keep in mind that a violin bridge is standing on 2 feet.  one foot is over and just slightly infront of the sound post. the other foot is over the bass bar. this supports the pressure of the strings and if you put pressure in other places you can be in for some real problems.  Even on an electric solid body, unless you use guitar type pickups you need a piezo bridge or a piezo pickup under the bridge.  The pickup under the bridge has two mics in it and the feet have to be on them.  I have seen what you are looking for. It was each string having a screw like post for the bridge and guitar pickups. Of course this was a solid body.  My final thoughts would be to find one bridge that works well for you and learn to play that bridge.

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I don't know much about this but I do know that my Zeta jazz fusion violin has the possibility to adjust the hight on both ends. It also has two piezo mic's under each string and the gain can be adjusted separately for each string.

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Kevin M. said

Although it may sound reasonable to use seperate bridges, keep in mind that a violin bridge is standing on 2 feet.

Why should there be two feet?

Kevin M. said

Even on an electric solid body, unless you use guitar type pickups you need a piezo bridge or a piezo pickup under the bridge.

I wouldn't call it an electric violin if I meant to use piezos.

Kevin M. said

I have seen what you are looking for. It was each string having a screw like post for the bridge and guitar pickups. 

That was my original idea but it's not what I'm looking for now.

Kevin M. said

My final thoughts would be to find one bridge that works well for you and learn to play that bridge.

Well, yes... that's my idea...

Fiddlerman said

I don't know much about this but I do know that my Zeta jazz fusion violin has the possibility to adjust the hight on both ends. It also has two piezo mic's under each string and the gain can be adjusted separately for each string.

That's the kind of construction I have on my present fiddle. Mandolin style bridge where the overall height is adjustable. The point is that I want the ability to adjust the height of each string separately. I want the intonation to be adjustable too.

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