Another regular turn for repairers…the gap under the bridge scenario.
The bridge is a crucial element inherently under stress and needs to be structurally sound, as of course it’s a big factor in transferring energy from the strings to the top for ‘the sound’.
The gap thing is more commonly seen on mass produced acoustics from the (ahem..) far east than on anything that has had the necessary attentive amount of handskilled work involved. Its where the bridge seems to have gradually developed a gap between it and the top. Sometimes its just a small seperation appearing to be of hardly any consequence; a hairline gap, or perhaps its the thickness of a piece of paper, but sometimes its worse. An extreme example is this Tanglewood which came through the workshop recently.
The only course now was to remove the bridge.. as lurking underneath was some rather nasty damage to the western red cedar top
now it was necessary to repair the top before refitting the bridge. This meant making a new cedar patch and setting it into the top, in order to repair the structural damage that had occurred just in front of the pins. If not for any other reason than without it the ball end of the strings would pull through.
now the bridge patch has fitted, glued and clamped
now the bridge has been cleaned, refitted and glued ..
just a restring and job is done. and the bridge toll ?.. £75.