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Hey all,

I'm looking for a suitable wood to make some test bridges, mostly to gain experience but also to use as mockups.  I obviously don't want to use valuable stuff like rosewood, ebony, etc. but something that will simulate those characteristics with saws and sanders.  Also a little cheaper!  These will most likely never sit on a guitar.

Any suggestions?  

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Poplar from any home improvement store.

I'd give a call to LMI or another luthier supplier  - they might be able to fix you up with some "seconds" or scrap pieces that have flaws (knots,warps,.  cracks, etc.) of the "real" material - rosewood, ebony or whatever.  That way you'll get the feel of working with tropical hardwoods.

Thanks Frank. Never would have thought of that.

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