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10-15-2013, 10:06 AM
A question here.. What exactly does mensur mean? And 'Mensur Line? Does the Mensur line usually include compensation? or is it the straight up scale length? I am learning how to mount a soldid body six string bridge that is adjustable for compensation. In order to remain within the adjustable limits, it must be mounted with reference to the Mensur line.

I suspect this term also applies to ukulele building. What exactly is the mensur line? How is it measured?

Also, as a quick aside, I am mounting the bridge for a Tenor uke I have been working on, this one will be strung Low G. Is the bridge location the same as for re-entrant stringing, with the different compensation only in the saddle?

Thanks in advance!

10-15-2013, 12:02 PM
A posh way of saying 'scale length' without any compensation. The Mensur line is a line at right angles to the centre line, extending either side of the centre.

Low G, I normally just adjust on the saddle width. :)

10-15-2013, 12:20 PM
Thank you Ukulian.

10-16-2013, 07:45 AM
If you were in Boston it would mean the club for genius IQ's.
e.g. "That guy is a wicked menser membah"