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Old 03-05-2017, 05:23 AM
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Default Cost on a bridge

, I've got a 36 00-17 Martin. And I would like to put a period correct Brazilian rosewood bridge on it.

I'm pretty sure the string spacing is
2 5/16ths
But I'm waiting to hear from Martin
Also would need a new saddle.
What's the cost on this job?
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Old 03-07-2017, 04:44 AM
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Anybody?
I was quoted 235.00 locally
I'm curious what other people charge
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:11 AM
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Bryan Kimsey was charging $150 for custom bridge replacement in ebony or rosewood w/bone saddle . Doesn't specify Brazilian, and

" Any instrument requiring special care (.eg Guild, Gibson, Gallagher, or vintage Martin) may require additional charge. Check with me first regarding those guitars."

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Old 03-07-2017, 08:21 AM
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Being in San Diego, I'd suggest contacting David Eichelbaum. If he'll take it on, pay him whatever he asks.

Alternatively, you could check with Dennis Berck in Oregon. That will involve shipping or a very long drive.

Either of these guys can build you a period correct bridge and use the right methods, including hide glue, for repairs. I try not to recommend people for vintage guitar repair based on reputation alone. I have seen work by both and it's top shelf. David made the bridge on my '36 000-18. The original was shaved down to near nothing, but since the footprint had not been disturbed he was able to create a perfect fit replacement. I don't own anything with Dennis' work, but I've seen it and it's equally good.

Summary - get the right repairman, forget the cost. Nothing is more expensive than cheap work on a prewar Martin.


EDIT: I think I paid $250 or thereabouts for the last BRW vintage replacement bridge I had made. That included the saddle and associated setup work.

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Old 03-07-2017, 08:59 AM
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We recently replaced a vintage Brazilian bridge and saddle for $250. However I will point out that we also have never done a bridge replacement where that was all that was needed to repair the guitar. I'm all for minimal work, but a new bridge almost always requires at least one of these - action setup, fret dressing or replacement, or even a full neck reset. Unless it's purely for artistic restoration, expect to pay a little more for a complete job.
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Old 03-07-2017, 09:30 AM
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The quote I received was from http://tahoeguitar.com/


I am staying up near Tahoe right now and he his who I found out about.
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Larry in Tahoe will take good care of you and be less expensive than average.
In range of Tahoe (Grass Valley), Greg Mirken.
In San Diego try Blue Guitar.
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Larry Nair of Tahoe Guitars has my vote of confidence too based on the guitars of his I've played
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Yeah he seems like a nice guy and he obviously knows how to build guitars. I have yet to play his guitars, but they look great. His J-45 looks classic
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