Replogle Reso Biscuit Bridges are made from selected, quarter-sawn hardwood for the optimum sound transference and tonal integrity.
Why does the biscuit matter?
It’s in the Wood. “Luthiers and manufacturers may upgrade their resonator cones and other parts, but then they install a soft piece of wood on the bridge and/or saddle… usually made from available scrap,” says Mike Replogle.
“That effectively undoes all the hard work and kills the reso’s tone and projection. My hand selected, quarter-sawn hardwood completes the circle and give that final push for the best tone and projection possible.”
The Old Standby. Maple is the standard wood used in generations of resonator guitars. Of the various maples available, tight grained quarter-sawn Eastern Hardrock Maple is the best of the best.
Tropical Exotic. Unleashing the Magic of Koa…. the time-honored tone of this mystical hardwood from the Hawaiian Islands provides the strength and volume of the normal maple biscuit, but adds a warmth and tone that only true Koa can deliver.
Mike Replogle says, “Koa brings a tone to the table that hasn’t been seen since the early days. It adds an edge to the customization of any resonator guitar that hasn’t been seen since the earliest days of resonator and Weissenborn guitars”
Another Angle. Replogle Biscuit bridges are beveled on either side of the saddle slot. “Beveling the biscuit decreases the mass of the biscuit that can deaden the cone along the bridge contact area”, says Replogle, ” and that extra response allows the vibrations to better transfer to the cone”.
Taking it to the Finish Line. For many years, biscuit bridges have been commonly made of inferior wood and then painted with a heavy black gloss paint. This black finish may hide a lot of imperfections, but more importantly it can act as an insulator and take the edge off the vibration of the bridge. Replogle biscuits are not painted, rather they are finished with a light satin to seal the wood and bring out its inherent beauty as well as enhance the tone.