Front and Back
Made from handpicked European tonewoods selected by the 'Bridge' luthiers. The front is close grain spruce and the back of figured maple.
Exquisite Golden varnish, skilfully antiqued to give the impression of an 18th century Italian masterpiece.
Inspired by the Stadivari 1701 Viola da Gamba and modified to the modern sized peg box, this headstock has become a trademark of the 'Bridge' instruments. The distinctive shield, through peg box and neck is carved from a single maple block. The Tasman and Golden Tasman instruments have the electric lightening strike inlay on the shield suggesting it’s not purely the acoustic instrument it appears to be.
Pegs and Strings
The high quality English style ebony pegs are professionally fitted to give a smooth tuning action. The Tasman cello is fitted with D'Addario Helicore strings.
Fingerboard and nut
Made from good quality ebony, the fingerboard and nut are professionally shaped to modern standard orchestral measurements and traditionally finished. All repairs which become necessary with time to acoustic orchestral stringed instruments can be performed by luthiers on the Bridge GoldenTasman instruments. E.g. replacing or shooting fingerboards (traditional glues have been used), nut re-shaping and peg fitting.
The Golden Tasman bridge is made from the best quality tonewood, and houses the ‘Bridge’ pick up system, a piezo crystal configuration. We designed the ‘Bridge’ pick up system specifically and only for use with our instruments. It is designed to pick up both the string vibration and the body resonance generated from the hollow body. Utilising all the properties of a traditional acoustic bridge it captures the warmth of tone synonymous with its acoustic counterpart.
The F hole design reflects the lightening strike theme of the headstock giving both the Tasmans and Golden Tasmans a contemporary twist and unique character.
All our electric range of instruments is fitted with a Wittner lightweight alloy tailpiece fitted with integral tuners.
The battery holder is located neatly on the top rib of the instrument and powers the Bridge Active Circuitry. It houses a 9V battery which keeps the instruments light and is readily available and easy to fit. It provides approximately 1000 hours playing time and only drains whilst the jack is connected.
Bridge Active Circuitry
Each model has its own sophisticated and bespoke active circuitry frequency dedicated to each string configuration and designed to perform in conjunction with the 'Bridge' pick-up system. The Golden Tasman is fitted with the most sophisticated and advanced electronics within the 'Bridge' range.
Jack Socket ¼ inch jack - musical instrument standard. The switch jack system automatically switches the active circuitry on and off as the jack is inserted or removed. It is carved into the back plate becoming an integral part of the instrument, positioned and angled to avoid drag and interference from the cable. We have also ensured that the angle and proportions are compatible with all common wireless solutions.
Ebony endpin, in keeping with the ebony pegs.
The electro acoustic instruments are a more recent addition to the Bridge range. It is designed to fulfil the need of string players who require the functionality of our full electric range but who prefer a more traditional looking instrument. The acoustic properties of the Tasman also give more volume under the ear which is preferable for some players when playing in an amplified environment. Tuned to CGDA the Tasman is an easy transition from a regular acoustic with the benefits of high volume for performance with a heavilly reduced feedback floor.
As a result of our traditional training all reference points, measurements for construction and set up are exact to modern orchestral specifications, making all our instruments comfortable and easy to play.
We are very proud of the reputation we have gained over the years and the endorsement offered from our impressive list of talented artists who you can meet around the site. Thanks to them all !
Our VIDEOS page shows this instrument in action. Many thanks to all our artists for their brilliant videos.
The instrument comes in an hard case with handle and wheels, fully lined with two bow holdersw.
Only available direct from Bridge Violins UK and Electric Violin Shop USA
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