Let's repair an acoustic guitar bridge

Hi friends. Not a long post in this blog entry. As we mentioned on our home page our favourite acoustic guitar bridge finally gave way. It developed a crack in the mid 90's. Being the skilled musicians we are fixed the problem with blue gaffer tape. That solution held for probably 15 years!

 Probably about 2010.

Probably about 2010.

But, sadly, the inevitable happened. The bridge gave way.

 broken acoustic guitar bridge

Being hands on people we took up the challenge of replacing the bridge ourselves. Now, we weren't going to blindly go at it with hammers, drills and axes. We watched a few youtube videos on how to address our project. To make sure we knew exactly what we were dealing with we decided to stick a video camera inside the acoustic and get a good look at what's inside. Then we can prepare for the job. We haven't started the actual task yet. But, here's some pretty cool screen captures of what's inside our 1994 Yamaha FG. These shots are inside the sound hole looking towards the neck from inside the guitar.

 Left to right - control unit, neck and truss rod, cutaway.

Left to right - control unit, neck and truss rod, cutaway.

In the screenshot below, left to right - battery clip, unit controls, neck, truss rod hole. Battery cable is clipped to the underside of the acoustic guitar face. The brown wire in the centre of the picture runs from the control unit to the piezo pick-up which rests under the bridge saddle. 

inside an acoustic guitar photo 2

So... we can probably put the hammers and axes down now. With a bit of research and investigation coupled with some careful manual skills we'll have our workhorse FG up and strumming in no time!

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