found this fretless seven-stringer in my friends house. collecting dust - they had no intention of repairing it but im confident its in good shape.
i cant find a seven-string bridge(?) anywhere, though id be happy to string it with six (sorry, i know.)... except two tuning pegs are missing! of course given the age of this thing (estimating late 1800s) they're unobtainium. i thought about having a couple fabricated or something. no idea really. i can't imagine this will work with four strings.
Edited by - maelin on 11/20/2019 05:37:01
Pointers? I vote for your making a bridge. (The first I found among my photos has four legs; two or three legs would do just as well.) On an old thing like that you want nylon (or Aquila) strings and a bridge that's quite light, e.g., under 1.3 gm. For tuners, how about violin pegs? (Cheap ones are cheap, and they work just fine -- again for nylon strings.) Your original tuner holes don't seem to be tapered. Even without the appropriate reamer, you can work that with dowels, sand paper, and patience.
I'll bet the two tuning peg missing indicate whomever tried stringing it up as a 5-string. Make or get 5-string bridge and string it up. You'll probably have to do some setup tweaking to get it in tune and playable.
It might seem lop-sided and just plain weird to some, but it just might work for you.
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