Below, I have drilled the holes for the mounting posts. They are drilled to a depth of the bushing height + 4 mm since I intend to route the recess to a depth of 4 mm. I drill them before routing the recess in order to have a flat surface with my taped guide marks still on it to drill on.
Next, I used the mounting post holes as reference points for the recess.
The next installment will cover how I route the clearance for fingers to tune, below the tuner knobs. The jury is still out on how to achieve this in the best and most aesthetically pleasing way.
I shipped my first custom color order last week. I am very excited over working with this particular luthier and will await his initial feedback and approval before l post more details.
However, I found out the hard way that I have to change my pricing structure for custom orders. Having charged 50 EUR for a custom order per set, I will now have to charge a 100 EUR minumum fee. The good news is that you may order up to three complete sets of six at no extra charge, so as long as you order for more than one instrument, the price is lower than before. Larger orders will be priced incrementally and at a lower price per unit. As usual, please contact me before placing any custom orders.
It is time that I create an instrument to show off the designs. Not being quite ready to take on the EGS work, I have decided on an alternate course of action. I purchased a throw away Squire Strat that had been kept for spares from 4Sound in Uppsala and I will document the work of converting this into using the EGS tremolo here on the blog in a series of installments.
The guitar itself. I didn’t get any hardware at all for it, but will sort that out later.
Here, I have put some masking tape on the guitar to be able to draw on it and mark out the position of the new tremolo. I have also drawn a line at the 25″ position from the nut and traced something resembling where the saddles should be positioned.
Here, I have marked the positions for the tremolo posts 74 mm apart and also traced the outline of the tremolo base plate on the masking tape.
Next installment will take you through drilling the holes for the mounting posts and routing the clearance behind the cavity to allow for tuning.
I have been thinking about the next generation EGS bridge for some time. Some thoughts going into the design were:
Please let me know what you think.