I am back with my DIY Les Paul Guitar Kit. Today we are taking a closer look at installing the guitar bridge, a very simple step to complete. This guitar kit came with a Les Paul style Tune-O-Matic bridge. If you would like to purchase this same guitar kit, please take a look at this eBay seller. I have also written several articles here documenting the process needed to build your own guitar with this kit.
Tune-O-Matic bridge (included in kit)
Rubber Mallet (not included in kit)
*You can also use a regular hammer for this step if you do not own a rubber mallet. However, be very careful not to hurt yourself but more importantly do not hurt the guitar.*
Installing the guitar bridge:
The bridge piece and stop tail piece are both installed by hammering in their corresponding posts into the body of the guitar. This guitar kit comes pre-drilled for these posts which makes installation super easy. Yes, you literally just hammer the bridge and tail piece posts into the holes. That’s all there is to it! It almost seems too simple doesn’t it?
Please watch the video provided above to see just how simple this installation is. Something you may want to take note of is that this guitar kit does not have, or need, a ground wire for the bridge. Factory Les Paul guitars typically will have a single wire wedged into the bridge post and connected to a potmeter to create a ground connection in the circuit. The purpose of this is to prevent or reduce the amount of buzz generated from the pickups.
I do not see this as being an issue for this guitar, but if you are concerned, adding this ground wire would be very simple to do. All that is needed is a small hole drilled in one of the bridge post cavities exiting out of the guitar where the electronics are held.
Whats next in the Guitar build?
The next step in this build is to start wiring in the pickups and adding the knobs and switch. Like with every step, I will document and film the entire process to give you a better idea on how you can achieve the same thing. Once again, here is the link to the same guitar if you are looking to start your very own project.