Weber Traditional Bridge
We believe our bridge has several major improvements over other traditional bridges.
- A brass bar embedded in the bottom of the saddle supports the entire string area of the saddle, so the saddle can be made much smaller than the common historical-style saddle.
- The bar also insures that the saddle will not bow, sag or break in the middle over time.
- The design also eliminates the screw holes in each end of the saddle that were a part of the old-style, allowing the saddle to tilt.
- When adjusting the thumbwheels, all pressure is directed down against the bridge base instead of up against the saddle as in the older designs. This increases surface contact from thumbwheel to base, giving our instruments a truer tone and increased volume.
We believe these features give the bridge a far more elegant appearance and better mid-frequency transference.
- To make the bridge easier to use and adjust under string tension, the top half of each thumbwheel has been machined to accept a 5/16" wrench, which is included with the bridge.
- This bridge may be adjusted under full string tension.
The Shape of our Mandola, Octave, and Mandocello Bridges
To insure proper intonation, the larger bodied mandolin family bridges have a slight 'S' curved shape, running at a gentle angle across the sound board, rather than a straight angle, as with the mandolin bridges. We designed the curved shape for aesthetic reasons as well – to add a graceful look that matches the elegance of the instruments.
When an instrument is strung for the first time, or during a string change, fret work or cleaning, the first outside bass and treble strings should be tightened, and then the bridge base should be pushed down and the saddle tipped back to insure the base has full contact with the top. Repeat with the second bass and treble strings, and then the remaining strings should be installed.