Here we are removing the strings from this brand new Seagull guitar.
I took the bridge apart to see what we see. This is a standard straight line saddle with a piezoelectric pickup under the saddle.
Here I am using the CNC Router to create the individual saddle plates.
And then making the individual saddles.
single split saddle piece
Next I turned my attention to making the template that I will use to guide the router as it cuts the channel in the existing bridge.
Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge
Having learned from experience I make a test cut to make sure everything fits just right.
Having learned from experience I make a test cut to make sure everything fits just right.
The test channel with the individual saddles.
A good fit.
I will use the template in this general purpose fixture that suspends the template over the existing bridge. Once I am confident I have it in the right place...
This is the hardware that centers the fixture.
The insert.
Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge
Three stiff cushions to support the fixture without damaging the finish.
Fixture in place.
Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge
Exercise bands to secure the fixture.
Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge
And a C-clamp for good measure.
I drill out the pin holes to a standard size...
and fit ebony plugs in the old holes.
They get glued in and the gaps filled with ebony dust
Sanded flush.
Now everything get put together.
I take a deep breath...
and cut the new channel.
Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge
Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge
Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge
Success!
The drill again... for the bridge pins.
After a bit of concentrated setup the guitar is finished.
Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge
Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge
Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge
Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge

Seagull Retrofit with Split Saddle Bridge


Follow the process of retrofitting a seagull acoustic guitar with a Portland Guitar split saddle bridge for proper intonation.