Bridge refit

Jonny Cumbo

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Jan 3, 2019
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Perth, Australia
Yesterday I started what I thought was a normal bridge refit on a Japanese classical guitar (Kawai) until I photographed under the bridge and discovered two bolts holding it on. So the two pearl inlay discs on the top of the bridge were not just for decoration!
The soundboard is slightly warped so I'll either clamp before the bridge refit, or decide the bridge clamping will straighten the warps.
The client brought me the guitar with no strings on and says he loves the sound (with strings presumably! ). He says it almost sounds like a piano.
Anyway I will refit the bridge with everything as it was, making sure the bolts are good and tight (no rattling!).
Has anyone else seen bolts for the bridge? It's a first for me!