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Oct 5, 2023 - 4:52:57 AM
46 posts since 11/5/2016

Some claim that the T-bridge on a Tricone can significantly influence the sound. For instance, it is said that the sound of an imported bridge can improve by removing the black paint, or apparently even better, by replacing it with a 'scalloped' bridge. I have been curious for a while about what a (scalloped) wooden bridge does to the sound, but a search on the internet has not yielded any results so far.

When I had to make a new neck for an Asian Tricone (Tricone Upgrade), I saw an opportunity to try it out myself. So, I built a T-bridge and saddle from maple. The weight difference of 16 grams is notable, but what else?

The owner of the guitar is okay with keeping the bridge on; he hardly notices a difference. I don't hear a difference (but that might be because of my tinnitus ??). Judge for yourself: Alu vs Wood





Oct 5, 2023 - 10:29:15 AM

1186 posts since 9/29/2009

I think I hear a little more sustain and treble edge with the metal bridge. The  metal "scalloped" T-bridge is made by National Reso-Phonic and is cast aluminum like the original T-bridge. The typical metal import bridge is cast zinc. 

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