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  1. collapsing wave

    collapsing wave TDPRI Member

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    So I have an old battered Eko acoustic that is past restoring and definitely in the chop shop pile.

    The intonation is hilariously bad past the 5th fret, and the bridge is cracked and failing badly. So a new bridge is required. It was actually pop-riveted on would you believe!

    Anyway I'm looking at buying (rather than burning) bridges and I really don't have anyway of evaluating what would be good, when I thought about the super cheap tele bridge that aliexpress sent me for about 35 cent, and my ADD brain went "I wonder what that would sound like on the acoustic?"

    Answers, headshaking, laughter, and disgusted noises to the usual address please.
     
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    getbent Telefied Silver Supporter

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    we need pics of the two items....
     
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    As you can see the headstock is broken and "fixed" gotta somehow get the epoxy out of the truss rod...
     

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    getbent Telefied Silver Supporter

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    a dental pic should get the epoxy out. I think if you can get the old bridge off without too much carnage... it could be cool. To secure the bridge (I approve, I think this could be like JJ Cale's guitar) I'd put a wood block under it (inside the body) I think you need a neck pickup too.... might as well go whole hog on it.

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    oh wow ! :eek: some work there to do :) good luck !
     
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    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    interesting quandry keep us posted !
     
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    Recce Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Your biggest problem is you are trying to rebuild a guitar out of something that should be on the firewood pile.
     
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    I agree with getbent - it would probably be best to put a wood block under the bridge. Maybe not under the entire bridge plate, but at least under the bridge section.

    You might consider shaping a block that fills the void from the face to the back of the body. It might reduce the acoustic sound, but it would be a nice sturdy mounting for the Tele bridge.
     
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    These kinds of problems produce the coolest results.
     
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    getbent Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Opportunity with no risk! My favorite! Go for it man! the worst you'll do is learn some things.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. It doesn't matter if I mess it up, like you say, it's what I learn along the way. There is a skinny block under the bridge already, but not strong enough to screw to.
    After mulling it over, I'm leaning towards bolting it through the body to a metal plate inside, that should keep it in place and transfer the sound will enough.

    Not sure I want to add a pickup just yet, I'd like to keep it acoustic only. It's an interesting idea though.

    Anyone have any idea what it'll do to the sound?
     
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    getbent Telefied Silver Supporter

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    if you fix the neck, put on a bridge that will hold strings, and string it up and set it up.... it will definitely sound better than it currently does.
     
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    That's where I got to as well :D

    However, wooden bridge, tele bridge, suspension bridge? Someone's gotta know something. And it's not like I don't have enough guitars in the house...
     
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