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Matching Footprints
© Frank Ford, 5/22/98; Photos by FF, 5/22/98

This is the quickest way I've found to make a new bridge fit just like the one I'm replacing.

First, I'll cover the back of the old bridge with masking tape.

Here I'm using the wide stuff, but strips of narrow tape work just as well.

I just trim the tape cleanly all around the edges:

Punch a pencil through the bridge pin holes:

Trim out the holes with my sharp knife:

And stick the tape on the backside of my bridge blank:

Now I have a perfect template. I can drill right through the holes, cut and sand the bridge outline right to the sharp edge of the tape. If I'm reasonably careful my new bridge will be a perfect fit!

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