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I have a Washburn model 5201 in for repair. There are three metal inserts on the front side of the bridge (facing the neck) - possibly brass.

Has anyone encountered this before? The bridge appears to be original, with no cracks.

Thanks! 

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I'd say not original, and most likely repair.

Hi Michael,

Probably a split bridge (check the  area  between the bridge pin holes) -   the bridge has most likely been removed, doweled from front to back (blind hole at back) clamped up and replaced.   Quite possibly to avoid having to source a replacement.  I'm not entirely sure that this is a bad repair - if the thing works and the repair does its job without looking too odd I reckon it's fine.

Rusty.

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