Why is the mandolin bridge staggered?

Why is the mandolin bridge staggered?

Each pair of strings requires a different “ideal” length. This is the reason why mandolin bridges are compensated (staggered on the top). Still, this alone is not always enough and the bridge may be slightly angled one way or the other to get the best compromise across all the strings.

How tight should mandolin strings be?

A mandolin needs very little relief. One to two thousandths (. 001) of an inch, measured at the sixth fret, with the string fretted at the first and twelfth, works well for most players.

Why does my mandolin sound out of tune?

If you tune your mandolin up to pitch and it sounds good when played without fretting any notes, but sounds out of tune when you start fretting notes, that means your intonation is off. Fixing this can be as simple as moving the bridge or as complex as taking the neck off the instrument and reattaching it.

How high should strings be on mandolin?

The standard mandolin’s average action height is around 0.05 thousandths of an inch or 1.27mm for the bass strings. And for the treble strings, 0.04 thousandths of an inch or 1.02mm. You can measure this using a feeler gauge or small ruler. This the standard height for playing the mandolin comfortably.

How high should a mandolin bridge be?

How high should my mandolin action be? The standard mandolin’s average action height is around 0.05 thousandths of an inch or 1.27mm for the bass strings. And for the treble strings, 0.04 thousandths of an inch or 1.02mm. You can measure this using a feeler gauge or small ruler.

How do I know if my mandolin action is too high?

If the strings are too high, it will be really tough to fret and the intonation in the first position can be sharp. If the strings are too low, they will buzz when played open. String height is adjusted by filling the nut slots until the strings are at the desired height.

Are mandolin strings supposed to be really tight?

A mandolin needs very little relief. One to two thousandths (. 001) of an inch, measured at the sixth fret, with the string fretted at the first and twelfth, works well for most players. This is about the thickness of a piece of paper, so not much at all.