Should a mandolin bridge be fixed to the body?

Discussion in 'Jazz, Acoustic, Classical & Fingerstyle' started by Max Dread, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Max Dread

    Max Dread SS.org Regular

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    Hi all

    Sorry if this is a silly question.... I have an Ashbury AM10 mandolin which I am preparing to sell. I wondered, is the bridge supposed to be fixed to the body or is it supposed to be held on simply by the tension of the strings (so that it would fall off if the mandolin had no strings)?

    Cheers

    Max
     
  2. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    The tension it is, at least on all the relatively old ones I saw, it's like violins and such. Bridges are actually "consumables" that must be changed every few years.
     
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    Trespass AEADGBEA

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    It should be held on by the tension of the strings only.

    The soundboard is activated by downward pressure, the strings pushing against the top.

    On a classical guitar/flattop, the strings are pulling on the soundboard to create sound. This is why it must be fixed (with glue) to the soundboard.
     

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