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Thread #124793   Message #2758495
Posted By: mandotim
03-Nov-09 - 04:36 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Mandolin Bridges
Subject: RE: Tech: Mandolin Bridges
Hi John; while double courses certainly do help with spreading the load on fingertips, that's not really the primary purpose. Mandolins generally don't have a lot of sustain, so tremelo is used a lot, especially in classical mandolin playing. Double courses means that each string is able to 'ring' for slightly longer on each pair of 'up/down' pick strokes, giving a smoother tremelo and the impression of long sustain.
Red Henry has a development page on his site, with lots of detail about his experiments with solid maple bridges.