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Posted By: Midchuck
14-Jan-02 - 08:48 AM
Thread Name: why is a guitar bridge glued down?
Subject: RE: why is a guitar bridge glued down?
The "break" of the strings over the saddle puts a downward and forward pressure on the front of the bridge, which levers the rear upward. You often get the back of the bridge lifting off if the glue job isn't good enough or the instrument is left in the heat or too heavy strings are used. Same thing that causes "bellying" of the top behind the bridge, and sinking of the top between bridge and soundhole.

Peter.