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FranKrause

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PostPosted: 01/25/2016 at 9:23 AM    Post subject: Bridge Measurements link

Hi everybody!

So, I'm going to be making my own bridge for my Artist #1412 - the guitar came with a non-original bridge that didn't really fit right. Here are my measurements of what I'll need so far:

Holes in neck for bridge to connect:
1 5/8" outside mounting bolts 1 5/8" apart
String-through hole spacing 2"
Mounting screws 1/4" behind string-through holes

Bridge route in body:
1 5/8 " x 2 31/32" wide
Mounting holes 1 1/8 from top of route

How's this look against your guitars? I have an un-numbered Magnolia body on my guitar that appears to be put together from after the factory closed. Since I don't have an original bridge, could someone measure the string spacing at your Bean's bridge? 2" string spacing seems kinda narrow.

Thanks!

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GregBailey

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PostPosted: 01/26/2016 at 11:44 PM    Post subject: RE:Bridge Measurements link

HI!

I have made dozens of Travis Bean bridges for guitars I've made from NOS TB bodies, replacements for other people building TB guitars and for TB guitars I've made from scratch. Here are dimensions I've used in the past;

Bridge plate, 1.490" X 2.975" Plate thickness, .125" and total height of the piece is .459"
Solid stainless steel milled from a solid block, not a bent piece of flat stock. Then polished bright. Original bridges were bent and chrome plated.

The string holes are spaced .406" apart and .625" from the back edge of the bridge.
The mounting holes are spaced .812" apart and .375" from the back edge of the bridge.
The mounting screws are 10-24 X 3/4" Flat, Socket Head screws.
The saddle screws are 4-40 X 1/2" Socket Head screws.

Once you make the plate this size and mount it, there will be space behind the bridge. This normal. The space is there for relief for the saddle screw heads. Check some of pix in the database. You MIGHT have to adjust the width of the bridge plate, some TB guitars have more finish inside the plate routing than others. If you feel comfortable, you can also scrape some of the finish in the routing to make the bridge fit better. I usually just adjusted the plate width.

I no longer made ANY Travis Bean guitars or parts, that's why I'm OK with giving out some of my dimensions. It took me a long time to get these right. Not ALL TB guitars are exactly the same. I got a lot of my info from guitars and parts people have sent me to work on over the years.

Have Fun!
Greg

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FranKrause

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PostPosted: 01/27/2016 at 7:34 AM    Post subject: RE:Bridge Measurements link

Greg - thanks for all the information! It'll make it much easier to fabricate my bridge plate! Do all Artists have the same string spacing at the bridge? Mine has an aftermarket bridge with 2 1/8" spacing, but when I noticed that the string-through holes were around 2" I thought the guitar might have come with a narrower bridge. Thanks!

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GregBailey

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PostPosted: 01/27/2016 at 12:55 PM    Post subject: RE:Bridge Measurements link

HI,

I don't think the string spacing ever changed. So, all Artists are the same. Actually, the Artist bridge is the same as the Standard bridge. The only real difference between Artist and Standards is the fingerboard inlays and the Artist has a carved top body. As far as I know, all production Artists and Standards bridges were exactly the same, no changes. I believe the bridge plates were ordered by Travis Bean from an outside vendor and stayed the same throughout production.

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FranKrause

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PostPosted: 01/27/2016 at 2:06 PM    Post subject: RE:Bridge Measurements link

Thanks, George! It's really helpful to get your feedback on this! I found a set of 2 1/8" spaced stainless steel saddles that should do the trick, and I'll be making a base plate to your dimensions. Thanks so much!

Here's some saddles that should do the trick:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2.....geName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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FranKrause

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PostPosted: 02/04/2016 at 1:51 PM    Post subject: RE:Bridge Measurements link

Hi George,

Would you happen to know the size of the pickup retaining bolts? I'd heard they were 1/4-20 but those won't fit through the hole in the back. Since mine has aftermarket pickups I don't have a way to figure out what threading is correct. I'm machining my own backplates for the new pickups. I think I figured out a way to make replacement pickup covers (I'll post pictures if it's not a disaster!) and I'll be using the innards from the old Fender Wide-Range pickups that were on my guitar when I found it.

Thanks,
-Fran

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