Solid Stainless Steel Floating Bridge for Gretsch Archtops

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Tune-o-matic style bridges are very convenient for setting intonation but depending on how well they are constructed they can also be a source for some tone loss.  A customer of mine has a pair of Gretsch archtops with floating bridges that he wanted to have replaced with solid bridges.  I looked at the available offerings but I couldn’t find one that is fully compensated so I made a pair.

I drilled the stainless steel blanks for the proper post spacing and then milled the radius to match the freeboard.  After adjusting the tune-o-matic bridges for proper intonation I measured the locations of each saddle and marked the locations on the prepared blank.  The shaping was done by grinding and filing to the lines.