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The Zhuque 1st Grade bridges are made from the finest tonewoods originating from the Ming and Qing Dynasty.
Imparting a warm, creamy and airy tone, it is favoured for those who are interested in a boost in the high registers in their Guzheng.
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Almost every stringed instrument consists of at least 1 bridge. It is a medium that connects the vibrations from the strings to the soundboard or the resonating body of the instrument.
A well-matched set of bridges can alter the tone and touch of the guzheng drastically. Guzheng bridges are movable, and have multiple bridges. The bridges in the guzheng not only transfer the vibrations, but also shape the tone and timbre of the instrument by adding/filtering out various harmonics from the vibration of the strings into the soundboard. A well-fitted set of bridges also will stay firmly in place and not slide around when the player performs big pitch bends, strong accents, and fortessimo (very loud) passages.
A standard guzheng has 21 bridges and needs all the 21 bridges to perform. They are typically made out of hardwoods from the Rosewood family such as African Huali, black Sandalwood, Suan Zhi Rosewood, Aged Rosewood and many more!
Made from Aged Rosewood, it is one of the best tonewoods is one of the best materials used in the making of Chinese instruments. 1st Grade Aged Rosewood is harvested from old furniture from the Ming/Qing Dynasty period in China, due to hundreds of years of curing, the wood is as stable as can be. It often imparts a creamy, warm tone, as well as giving the instrument a more airy and open tone.
An inverted triangle bone-tip made of cow bone, this tip design sends vibrations in a quick and focused manner into the bridge’s body, and then into the soundboard. The resultant effect enables the entire Guzheng to be more responsive, focused, crisp, albeit cutting down slightly on tail end resonance.
These bridges filter out the wolf tones and bring out the best sounds of a Guzheng, amplifying its bass and highs, giving it a warm, rich and extremely colourful spectrum of sound. Good for northern style pieces, the nasal characteristics are favoured amongst many players. These bridges are perfect for those who are interested in providing their Guzhengs a boost in the high registers.