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Belly-up vs belly-down bridges; the rationale?

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I just bought a 1936 Gibson L00. It is in great structural condition, but the original 1"X6" was replaced with what neither me or my luthier could figure out. We now know the extra large bridge is called a "belly bridge". Apparently, if he puts an original style bridge on it, it'll look bad due to the work they did replacing the bridge. My luthier says it'll be better than ever, but I'm just a bit worried about the resale value. Will I get my money back or not IF & WHEN I have to sell it? Otherwise, it'll be so nice to play her again once she's all dolled up.

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I just bought a 1936 Gibson L00. It is in great structural condition, but the original 1"X6" was replaced with what neither me or my luthier could figure out. We now know the extra large bridge is called a "belly bridge". Apparently, if he puts an original style bridge on it, it'll look bad due to the work they did replacing the bridge. My luthier says it'll be better than ever, but I'm just a bit worried about the resale value. Will I get my money back or not IF & WHEN I have to sell it? Otherwise, it'll be so nice to play her again once she's all dolled up.

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Yes resale value is effected if repairs aren't done to factory specs, and sometimes when they are. But mostly to collectors. They depreciate anyway so I don't worry about resale - only playing.

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...Also, Karen, the reverse- belly bridge is more aerodynamic.

 

Like Keds sneakers.

 

You can play faster, run across stage quicker, and (best of all) jump higher when playing!! (I think Pete Townshend practiced on Gibsons with reverse-belly bridges...)

Sorry, but that was Red Ball Jets, not Keds.

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