The body is hollow, moulded from a Kevlar and carbon fibre composite with a high strength to weight ratio.
The hollow body generates a sound profile within body structure presenting an open sound without the use of reverb or delay. It is smooth and forgiving when played and allows low volume practice without the use of headphones or amps. Very stable across temperature and humidity ranges.
CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGE ELECTRIC INSTRUMENTS
Hollow moulded bodyshell, from carbon fibre and kevlar composites,
giving a high strength to weight ratio and stability across temperature
and humidity ranges. The hollow body generates a sound profile within
body structure presenting an open sound without the use of reverb or
delay. Smooth and forgiving when played, but with real strength in the
body shell construction. The hollow body allows low volume practice
without the use of headphones or amps.
– Headstock & Neck:
The neck and headstock are carved from a single maple block. The
headstock design is a modified copy of the 1710 Stradivari Viola da
Gamba head. The neck is hand coloured and finished with oils, for a
fast, smooth, traditional finish. All repairs which become necessary
with time to acoustic orchestral string instruments, can be performed by
luthiers on Bridge instruments (E.g. replacing or shooting fingerboards
(traditional glues have been used), nut re-shaping and peg fitting).
– Fingerboard: Ebony fingerboard, shaped to professional specifications.
FITTINGS ON BRIDGE ELECTRIC INSTRUMENTS
– Pegs: Cellos are fitted with swiss pattern ebony pegs.
– Nut: Ebony nut.
The BRIDGE pick up system is encapsulated within the bridge, designed
by BRIDGE, specifically to function with BRIDGE instruments.
Violins and cellos are fitted with lightweight alloy tuner tailpieces
and fine adjusters for accurate tuning. Basses are fitted with an ebony
– Endpin: Violins use a swiss pattern ebony endpin,
in keeping with the pegs. Cellos use an ebony plug, steel rod with
brass screw and ferrule, and removable rubber protector. Basses use an
ebony plug, notched steel rod with brass screw and ferrule, and
removable rubber protector.
ELECTRONICS ON BRIDGE ELECTRIC INSTRUMENTS
– Bridge Pick-Up System:
The pickup system is designed by Bridge and unique to these
instruments. It uses a piezo crystal configuration giving an accurate
acoustic sound with an even tone. The pickup uses all mechanical
movements of the instrument to generate its acoustic sound.
– Bridge Active Circuitry:
Each instrument has its own bespoke electronics, frequency dedicated to
its string configuration and designed to perform in conjunction with
the BRIDGE pick-up system. It's capable of driving effects and radio
packs and puts the string player on equal footing with every other
amplified instrument in the band and has a sophisticated active
circuitry dedicated to the frequency range of the instrument.
– Volume & Tone controls:
The tone control is a tilt control, not a boost/cut control, changing
the tonal range of the instrument with control of performance and
optimum sound profile for any style of music performance.
Violins use a 20mm 3V coin cell battery which keeps the instruments
lightweight and is quick and easy to replace, giving approx 1000 hours
playing time. Cellos and Basses use a 9V battery giving approx 3000
hours playing time.
– Jack Socket: 1/4
– Bridge Draco 4 String Electric Cello endoresees …
* CHi 2 Strings (Moby, Anastasia, Boy George, Nelly Furtado)
* Eclipse String Quartet
* Quadrafonic Quartet (Oasis, Paul Weller, Massive Attack)
* Timon Birkhofer (Leaves Eyes, Liv Kristine)
* Siren Quartet (Gnarls Barkley, Simly Red, Mika, Geri Halliwell)
* Sigur Ros (Amongst others Radiohead)
Dragon Strings Electric String Orchestra