I'm going to replace a fractured mustache bridge on an Epiphone EJ-200CE. I bought it in it's present condition as a "project guitar", so I can do ANYTHING I want.
There is no "generic" or "drop-in" replacement for this bridge. Gibson told me I was out of luck. I noticed that Allparts and Acoustic Cabin sell a mustache brideg, but that one is for a Gibson Montana.
So I'm going to make one from scratch. And I'm HAPPY about this, because it gives me artistic license to use any wood I like, use any inlay I want, and I can even ramp the wings down a bit to accomodate my playing style (I do a lot of palm muting, and a contour would reduce hand fatigue).
What kind of wood should I consider for this project?
Madagascar Rosewood would be a good choice.
Since I'm a newbie to lutherie, everything sounds good. :-)
I suppose I'd be concerened that plys might dampen the transmission of energy to the soundboard, though.
Since the top is laminated spruce, the wood choice isn't going to have a profound effect on the sound. Any nice rosewood would be appropriate (preferably not blood Dalbergia from Madagascar). With a bridge this big, your plans for changing the upper surface are not only possible but advisable. Dispensing with the MOTS inlays would be nice!
BTW, laminated bridges never work: they always delaminate. Keep it one single piece.
Also, the Allparts bridge should cover the footprint of the bridge that was on there, meaning you'd just have to touch in finish inside the pretzels.
I was wondering about how laminate holds up. I also remembered that greasy wood is a @#(*#( to glue up and keep glued.
Of course, you could always add a couple wood screws to prevent laminating. (I should probably duck around now.)