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    Default Original bridge for 1937 Gibson EM-150?

    Am I right in thinking that the bridge on this 1937 EM-150 at Retrofret is original? Rosewood, larger thumbwheels?

    https://retrofret.com/product.asp?ProductID=7010

    I've looked up 3 or 4 of these online and they all have different bridges. I just got one in that has a Loar-style bridge (ebony, smaller thumbwheels), but the saddle doesn't have cutouts on the bottom for the thumbwheels. So I don't think it is original. The saddle happens to be cracked, but if I have to replace it it's not as though I am losing an original part, correct? (See photo.)
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    Default Re: Original bridge for 1937 Gibson EM-150?

    I don't think that is an original bridge, replace it and save whats on it for whoever gets it down the road. I think a lot of the Gibson's in that time period had the large wheels and rosewood bridge as was pictured in the retrofit link.
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    Default Re: Original bridge for 1937 Gibson EM-150?

    That was mine in the RetroFret listing. As far as I know everything was original except for the pick guard. I eventually did sell mine along with my other "Charlie Christian" instruments: side string and their guitars.
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    Default Re: Original bridge for 1937 Gibson EM-150?

    Pretty sure I have a Cumberland Acoustics Loar-style bridge sitting about that will make a good replacement.

    This EM-150 was sold by T.R. Crandall a year ago.
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