After a weekend of varnishing, curing, sanding and polishing, we were finally ready to glue on the bridge, one of the last steps before we string up the instrument for the first time. A somewhat tedious process is making sure the bridge is in the correct spot, and compensating for the stress that will happen to the wood after tension is on it. We give it about 1/16-1/8″ of extra distance where we want end position of the saddle to be.
Tone preps the surface, applies the glue and clamps the bridge into place. Then wipes off the excess glue that seeps out after clamping. Taking off the clamps in a couple days will be like Christmas morning when it is almost ready to string up for the first time, I can’t wait!!!