Barbara Millikan
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  • Sheridan, OR
  • United States
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12 String steel w classical bridge -- how to bridge doctor?
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I'm working on this instrument for a friend; it was made by a couple of HS seniors in a shop class in the 60s, I believe. It has a LOT of quirks, including fan bracing and a big old chunk of a bridge…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark McLean Aug 5, 2012.

When was fretwire with a tang developed?
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Someone just asked me about dating a 19th century guitar based on the fret wire type, and I couldn't find any information in my library or on line that would tell me when that style of fret wire was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russell Vance Feb 24, 2012.

Help identify vintage parlor guitar
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A friend brought me this to repair and assess, and, while I can guess the period in general, it is missing any identification as to the maker. It has ivoroid bindings, an ebony -- I think--…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Collins Dec 14, 2011.

Need specs for a flattened pyramid bridge
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I'm making up a blueprint from the 1889 Washburn parlor guitar I restored (Model 301) and since it didn't have the original bridge on it, I'm missing that information.I'm assuming the Washburn bridge…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Roberts Aug 8, 2011.


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At 4:30am on November 20, 2010, Jim Bancroft said…
I put a slight back bow into the neck, I just sight down the edge of the fingerboard to set the bow, no measuring involved. Then turn on heat, and leave for a week or so. It's a quick fix, not sure sure how permanent it is, but simpler that removing fretboard and adding reinforcement.
At 5:38pm on August 6, 2011, Frank Ford said…

Washburn made so many instruments over such a long period that there is a fair amount of variation in their bridges.  The most common one (I think) is about 5/15"wide 6.25" long and  has those flat rectangular sections that look like cutoff pyramids, 3/4 wide by 7/8 long, outboard of those grooves (5/16" radius, or 5/8" diameter.


Martin bridges were all 6.0" long, and depending on the guitar body size, between 3/4" and 1" wide.


Hope that's what  you need!



At 4:23pm on August 7, 2011, Frank Ford said…

No prolema -

 My surgery (double bypass and mitral valve repair) was ten weeks ago, and I'm fully recovered and feeling just fine.  Been full time in the shop for the last month now.  


By the way, I got those measurements from original Washburn bridges - we have a few old dead ones we use as models for replication.

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