What should be clearance of the violin strings from the fingerboard at the bridge end?



Asked by: Candice Harris

Standard height for strings at the end of the fingerboard (the part closest to the bridge), is 3.5 for the E string, and 5.5 for the G string.

How far off the fingerboard should violin strings be?





Lay your instrument flat with the bass side toward you and place the ruler against the inside of the upper string half a centimeter in from the end of the fingerboard. The proper measurement at the middle of the upper string is 3.5 mm for a violin, 4.5 for a viola, and 5.5 for a cello.

How far should the strings be from the fingerboard?

Usually the distance from the center of the bridge to the fret of the tailpiece (after length) is 1/6 that of the length of the strings measured from the center of the bridge to the fret of the fingerboard (effective string length).

How far apart should violin strings be on the bridge?

between 33 to 33.5 mm

These measurements are for a full-size violin: The string spacing on the bridge should be between 33 to 33.5 mm from the center of G-string to the center of E-string, with equal spacing between all strings.

How high should the bridge be on a violin?





The standard full-size violin bridge is 33 mm high (1.3 in), corresponding with the fingerboard height of 18-20 mm (0.71-0.79 in). The perfect height of the bridge allows the strings to vibrate at the best rate to create a beautiful violin sound.

Are my violin strings too high?

Ways to check the bridge and nut height have been mentioned. To check fingerboard scoop, press down the string near the end of the fingerboard util it just touches. The string will be a good straght-edge to see how the fingerboard curves; if there’s more than a string diameter clearance, I’d say that’s too much.

How do you measure a bridge for a violin?

1. Measurement 1: Measure the distance from the end of the nut (closest to the fingerboard) to the edge of the violin top next to the neck. 4. The resulting measurement (from the edge by the neck, to the center of the bridge foot) is the proper location of the bridge for the violin/viola, thus a 2:3 ratio.

How high should strings be at the nut?

The top of the nut is shaped to follow the radius of the fretboard, and the string slots also follow this curve. To allow the strings to clear the top of the first fret, the bottoms of the slots should be . 030″ higher than the fret height.

How do I get my strings closer to the fretboard?

But by turning the knob. You can lower the string. Get it much closer to the fretboard. And that way make it much easier to play.



How often should you change your violin bridge?

A good bridge can last decades, if well kept. I think Heifetz had bridge on his Del Gesù for more than 20 years, if I am not wrong. Unless the bridge on your instrument is from a bad blank, of bad cut, or the sound is not good, I see no reason to change it.

Should a violin bridge be vertical?

The bridge must always be placed vertically to the body of the electric or classical violin. To check the position of the bridge, simply look at its position with the naked eye from above or from the side.

Why does my violin bridge keeps falling?

Most of the time the violin bridge snaps forward, because tightening the strings tends to move the top of the bridge forward. Occasionally, the bridge snapping off causes the soundpost inside the violin to fall down.



How do I know if my bow has enough rosin?

Here are two possibilities: Acoustically: you shall strike the bow across the strings as a test. If the bow does not slide easily and produces no sound or only a faint, thin sound, then the bow hair does not have enough rosin. But if the bow is very scratchy, then it may have gotten too much rosin.

Should a violin bridge have notches?

In order to best transfer sound from the strings to the body of a violin, a bridge should be fitted with notches. These notches are cut into a violin’s bridge so that there is one notch for each string on the violin. The primary reason for cutting notches in the bridge is to set the string heights correctly.

How often should you rosin your bow?

once every 4-6 hours

Generally, we find that players are reapplying rosin once every 4-6 hours or solid playing. For professionals, this is usually once a day, but for beginners playing 15-30 minutes a day, we find that once a week is plenty.



Can you glue violin bridge?

You might already know that the bridge is not glued onto your violin or viola. When it would be, it wouldn’t be able to transfer the vibrations (sound) from your strings to the soundboard. Glue would block the vibrations and work like a mute. This means the bridge has to stand loose on the violin or viola.