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TxTouchStylist

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This bridge design is horrible, the bridge pieces are not fixed and they move when playing, the two end pieces actually fall off if you bend the associated strings =>

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...the bridge pieces are not fixed and they move when playing, the two end pieces actually fall off if you bend the associated strings.

What is the instrument? Who built it?
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"What is the instrument? Who built it?"

Short scale length TouchStyle Guitar. I'd rather not say who built this instrument, they were new to the business, inexpensive and promised the world on upgrading both the bridge and pickup, I don't think they exist anymore. On the plus side, excellent wood and it does have an adjustable nut, albeit primitive. Carbon reinforced w/o truss rod(s). Too expensive for me to upgrade it myself tho there looks to be enough room to at least retrofit it with a more "standard" bridge and pickup(s). The instrument is the only instrument I've ever purchased that is not playable.
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In a couple posts I have seen you mention a preference for an adjustable nut.  Can you share your reasons for this?  Is it to facilitate changing tunings and string gauges?  Or so that you can adjust the action at the nut?  Is it for the ability to compensate for eventual fret wear without having to rework the nut?  

I can't see the benefit for the player under most circumstances and the additional complexity of screws or levers or mulit-pieced assemblies at the nut seems like it could only serve to absorb resonance affecting the tone and sustain negatively. 

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Hi guys, new to the forum. That is the poorest piece of craftsmanship I've ever seen.

I've built several instruments, two of them tapping instruments and unless you have access to machine shop equipment a Strat style bridge is hard to beat. On my first instrument that was similar to a Megatar or a Warr Guitar I just sistered two narrow strat style bridges next to each other, I did mill down the sides that met so there wouldn't be so much of a gap between the string sets.

The second is a Chapman Stick style, they have a great tailpiece/bridge setup that I am unable to duplicate so I milled out a one piece, 12 string brass tailpiece and used Graph Tech narrow strat saddles. It worked out very well. I was also able to work out an adjustable nut for each set of strings so that you can set the action at the nut without having to file down or shim. I used graph tech 1/4" stock mounted to 3/16" x 3/4" flat bar with an Allen screw threaded into the flat bar.

If the neck and the rest of the instrument are better quality than the bridge I would think you could make it playable.

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"In a couple posts I have seen you mention a preference for an adjustable nut.  Can you share your reasons for this?  Is it to facilitate changing tunings and string gauges?  Or so that you can adjust the action at the nut?  Is it for the ability to compensate for eventual fret wear without having to rework the nut? "

My only reason for an adjustable nut is adjusting the action at the nut. I've currently two instruments with adjustable nuts [eek] On the first, with no adjustable truss rod and a simple "multi slotted screw type" adjustable nut, the only way to get a string off of fret one was to give it's associated nut screw 1/4 of a turn, did the trick just fine, couldn't do this from the bridge. On my second instrument, with an infinitely adjustable nut and almost infinitely adjustable truss rods, I have had no need to adjust at the nut, have tinkered a bit with it, and i'm glad it's there, it adds to the flexibility of the instrument's setup adjustments should I need them.

One's a simple aluminum strip with threaded rounds for the nut screws, the others fairly complicated and well integrated into the instrument, neither is "imposing".

I've never considered negative sound qualities of either, there don't seem to be any to my ears. Nor have I considered fret wear compensation. Please chime in with all opinions on any sound quality drawbacks of an adjustable nut or any other issues with it, i'm quite interested in hearing all.

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"That is the poorest piece of craftsmanship I've ever seen."

"If the neck and the rest of the instrument are better quality than the bridge I would think you could make it playable."

Would anybody care to undertake the task of making this instrument playable ?? Serious bridge and pickup rework required. I'll ship it free of charge if you're up for it !!! PM me.
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Interested, check email!
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