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You must have a vintage Martin 1T because the newer ones have a tie bar bridge and don't use bridge pins at all. From your question: I tried seeing if it actually was small enough to even fit into space between the side of the hole and the side of the pin. It couldn't - it seemed to hang up on the bottom edge of the hole. That is what it is supposed ...


The pin itself is held in the bridge by friction, but the pin holds the string by obstruction. The groove in the pin should be wide enough for the string and any knot which secures the string to its ball-end. Once installed, the ball-end is pulled right up to the underside of the body and cannot move further because the pin is in the way.

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