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    And finally .. Making the Bridge ... having looked a load of pictures and getting hold of the dimensions. I purchased some 1/4" x 5/8" brass bar and some 12mm dia knurled thumb wheels off eBay, After a lot of thought on how to do this?? I made this simple jig out of scrap aluminium left over from another project...the jig is meant to swing in an arc at a radius of 9.5 inch (same radius as the fretboard) and I used this clamped on my spindle sander to put a radius on the brass blank...I made one or two out of wood first to get the set up right...This is the brass one.
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    And it ended up this shape (I made two in case the job went wrong later)
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    Then using the same jig on the disc sander with table set at an angle of 22 degrees.
    with a slight mod on the jig to offset the brass by 3mm at one end.
    Did one side then flipped it over and same again.
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    And it came out like this..Success
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    All I had to do next was cut the slots for the knurled thumb wheels
    I did this on the bandsaw with the aid of a straight edge and a rule for an end stop.
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    At this point the job went wrong I should have drilled the holes for the screw shafts before I cut the slots
    Cos when i used the centre punch to mark out the holes I damaged one of the brass lugs and had to scrap it
    Luckily I had made a spare.
    Last edited by Timbuck; 02-14-2018 at 01:47 AM.
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    Excellent work. This has taken me back. Late 70's I had a Hofner electric bass (not the violin) - lot of similarities with the control plate on yours. Always had a bit of a soft spot for Hofners ever since. Might buy one of their old archtops, there's a lot of mileage in nostalgia! Whether I actually get around to playing it is another matter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael N. View Post
    Excellent work. This has taken me back. Late 70's I had a Hofner electric bass (not the violin) - lot of similarities with the control plate on yours. Always had a bit of a soft spot for Hofners ever since. Might buy one of their old archtops, there's a lot of mileage in nostalgia! Whether I actually get around to playing it is another matter!
    Hi Michael...This is where I got some info on the rebuild Lots of nice archtops as well https://www.facebook.com/groups/478476499024013/
    Last edited by Timbuck; 02-17-2018 at 03:52 AM.
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