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I've seen all kinds of badly adjusted floating bridges on gypsy guitars. Last year I saw one on a 1950 Busato which was a loud instrument. Once my luthier adjusted the bridge as explained below, the projection was insane. Since then a couple dozens high-end vintage guitars were adjusted this way with always a noticeable improvement. Not an impression, I mean a real improvement that all players who knew the guitar before noticed. It won't make a lousy guitar sound good but it does optimize a good guitar. You cannot transmit the vibrations of the strings to the guitar top the right way if the bridge adjustment is lousy.
The bridge is a very important part of the guitar and it greatly contributes to the sound quality and the projection. It has to be carefully adjusted as shown on the pictures. Put a sand paper on the guitar top and shape the bridge feet to adjust to the curve of the guitar top. Once done, clean and put a drop of water under the feet and tip over the guitar, if the bridge does not fall the adjustment is perfect.
Jacques Favino was trained until 1946 at Busato and he had a secret to improve the tone of a guitar and its projection. I have tried it many times and it works. Put a thin layer of maple below the bridge (minimum .4 mm, maxi 1 mm thick). Shape the ends as shown. This way the thin layer of maple yields a perfect impedance between the bridge and the guitar top.
(Credit to Patrick Inghilleri).
Patrick Inghilleri is a wizard who knows better than anyone to make a perfect bridge and to amplify an acoustic guitar. Look at his system in Amps & Pickups.

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