Following on from my previous post about the shed-built fiddle if fixed up, I just thought I'd attach a picture of the bridge that came with it. Unfortunately it got damaged on the way to a session, so I've replaced it now, but was just wondering whether anyone has seen a bridge with these cuts before, and what the purpose of them is? Could be that they serve no purpose at all, but without a similarly proportioned bridge to compare it to it's kinda hard to say...
Usually slots are to lower the action when the neck drops This U shaped string pattern is bizarre!
I saw a fiddle from Eastern Europe with a flat bridge and 3 strings. Those deep cuts would do that if the strings clear the end of the fingerboard. No idea how you'd tune such a contraption. If it was such an experiment, I'm doubtful of success.
Steve, I think there's a chunk missing in the middle where the D string went. It looks to me as though the string slots are about normal depth. The other cuts might have been an attempt to make the bridge vibrate better somehow. Or maybe for some sympathetic drone strings like a Hardanger? Any evidence of extra pegs?
Edited by - DougD on 05/19/2019 10:40:34
Possibly an experiment to somehow "separate" the individual sounds of the strings... Can't imagine that it worked. The square chunk probably just broke out of the bridge when it was being cut.
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