Questions tagged [bridge]

The component of a string instrument that separates the strings from, while transmitting vibrations to, the body. Also a part of a piece of music, but don't use this tag for such questions.

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Why is my guitar's saddle at an angle?

Most acoustic guitars I've seen, including my own, have an angled saddle (the white strip holding up the strings): This makes the bass strings longer than the treble strings. Why is this? ...
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Factors in choosing a replacement saddle for an acoustic guitar.

I saw this in the comments section on the question "Do acoustic or classical guitars need to be set up?" The saddle material makes a difference in the sound of an acoustic too. I have a bit of a ...
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How much does a tailpiece affect the overall sound quality of an electric guitar?

On a typical stoptail bridge such as the one pictured below, how much does the quality of the tailpice (or "stopbar") affect the overall sound quality of the guitar? What kind of advantages can a ...
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Is it normal that my bridge is this low the sides?

Since a few weeks ago, I have been noticing that the outer screws of my bass's bridge (the 1st and 8th one in the picture below) are completely "unscrewed". This means that the outer ends of the ...
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Original Floyd Rose or Licenced Alternatives?

I bought a Licenced Floyd Rose Bridge on ebay at a very cheap price new as it looked good. After installing it on my guitar I am having tuning problems with it as it goes out of tune whenever I do ...
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Should guitar be de-tuned when not in use…?

I bought a GB&A guitar almost an year ago. I play guitar mostly on the weekends. Recently I noted that my guitar bridge has got lifted off the body a bit. So I took it to the Guitar Shop. The ...
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Is there a way to mitigate Floyd Rose Bridge movement during bending?

I have had a discussion with a friend recently, involving Floyd Rose guitars and the way they behave during bends. The issue is that, since the bridge floats, by design, when performing a string bend ...
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Electric Hard-Tail bridge driving me crazy

I have a Strat knock-off with a hard-tail offset-saddle bridge. I occasionally hear a"clinking" noise...just one, mostly on the unwound 1st 2nd and 3rd, when increasing pitch. I use Peterson clip-on ...
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Why does the bridge saddle on a steel-string guitar sit at an angle?

I have been playing a classical guitar for some years now and I recently purchased a steel-string acoustic guitar. I am puzzled by the placement of the bridge saddle on my steel-string. On my ...
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one of the saddle's springs on the bridge of my guitar is missing

I picked this cheap guitar up from a pawn shop. As you can see the spring is missing! Will this affect the guitar or its ability to play? If so, How do I fix it?
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How do I fix the bridge on a Flea ukulele?

I have a Flea ukulele that I bought used several months ago. The bridge is starting to pull away from the top. Surprisingly, the uke still stays in tune and is quite playable, but I can't imagine it ...
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Can I use a Mustang bridge on a Fender Jaguar? Are there issues?

I've recently purchased a Fender Squier Jaguar from an online dealer, and was aware beforehand, that the stock bridge was unreliable and subject to many complaints. The issue with the Stock Jaguar ...
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Moving short violin bridge towards fingerboard

My violin bridge is slightly too short; if I place it between the f-hole notches as it should be, action becomes too low. I normally use heavy gauge strings to partially compensate for lost tension. ...
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Does an adjustable bridge need to be parallel to the frets?

The other day I was working on my guitar (Line 6 Variax JTV-89) that had some intonation issues. I noticed that I couldn't move the saddles in a position that would be satisfying (I was at the minimum ...
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Guqin construction and physics

I am a physicist building a Guqin, an old Chinese zither. I try to understand its construction, how it vibrates, what are the key features to obtain a good sound. I found only one paper on the ...
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Can floyd like bridge really make guitar out of tune when not blocked but not used

I heard from a lot of people that they blocked their guitar bridge because it detuned the guitar even with a nut lock. Is this really possible? I always thought that moving it can detune guitar but ...
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Guitar intonation issue - still sharp but screw as far as it'll go

Recently I got a brand new Ibanez AM93 Lefty. It's an hollow body so I am using jazz guitar strings. I think I did a correct setup: Action is approx 1.8 mm in high E, and approx 1.9-2.0 at low E Neck ...
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Acoustic guitar's bridge had come off while tuning

I was trying to tune(standard tuning) my acoustic guitar with a digital tuner that captures the playing through a microphone and shows the note/frequency played on its LED screen. I was completely ...
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Understanding the physics of bridge pins (ukulele)

After an ultimately unsuccessful and frustrating attempt at getting a newly-installed C string on a Martin 1T tenor uke to settle in, I've been taking a closer look at what the bridge and the bridge ...
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Should I fix the bridge on this guitar?

This is a guitar from 1950's or 60's that I recently got refurbished, but now I still have the problem of it going relatively quickly out of tune. It has a movable bridge, and I think this is the ...
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Is this string properly installed?

A friend of mine lend me his 5-strings bass for me to practice for a fill-in. The instrument feels absolutely flaweless, and the sound is perfect. However when taking a close look at the bridge, I ...
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What is that for a huge bridge on a Les Paul?

I am really interested into the bridge of this Les Paul. So far I have not seen such a bridge. Unfortunately I could not find the name of the guitarist. The music video can be found here. Click on ...
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De-tuning on a new floyd rose setup

I just bought my first guitar with a Floyd Rose system and I absolutely love it. Now when I tuned it all up, and do some dives with the bar, and let it come back, my strings are all de-tuned a small ...
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How to fix springs noise on guitar with whammy bar?

I've bought cheap used electric guitar with nice reviews. As I played entire mounth I didn't encounter this problem. But yesterday the problem appeared when I use whammy bar (vibrato bar). It seems ...
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Will lighter strings extend an acoustic guitar's life?

Will lighter strings extend an acoustic guitar's life? I just sold an old acoustic I acquired in bad condition and restrung with new nut and saddle, whose bridge was beginning to lift out of the body....
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How would you remove broken bridge pins from an acoustic without the main soundhole?

How would you remove broken bridge pins from an acoustic without the main soundhole?
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Setting up a Dive only Floyd Rose bridge so it Floats

I have an EVH Wolfgang Special Guitar which comes with a dive only floyd rose bridge. My problem with this is that I like to be able to do tremolo sound with it when soloing. I can only do this by ...
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How to prevent a synchronized tremolo bridge from lifting

I recently changed the strings on my Ibanez GIO GRG170DX and I noticed that after tuning the guitar, the bridge was lifting up (no longer flat with the body). I don't think it was like this before ...
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Are the strings supposed to be directly over the pickups?

I just bought a Squier affinity strat and noticed that the strings do not directly go over the center of the pickups. This is especially the case for the bridge pickups which are at an angle. Is ...
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I have a Guitar with bridge without Pins. How can I change strings?

Strings need to be changed on Guitar with Bridge without pins
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Guitar bridge resonates wherever I play a C#

I have an Ibanez Gio and no matter where I play a C# it causes my guitar bridge to resonate. Please see my example attached to sound cloud where I alternate playing a C# on the G and D string. https:/...
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attach tune-o-matic bridge electric Guitar

I have a problem. I have to attach a tune-o-matic bridge on my guitar but i don't know in which angle this has to be. I have done some research in the internet but i found nothing usable. Is there ...
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Can you tune one string on a Floyd Rose bridge without having to retune them all?

Like if you want to go from EADGBE to DADGBE, can you just tune the 6th string down and be done with it, or will that offset the bridge and throw the other strings out of whack?
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Where to install a bridge in an electric guitar? (assuming the scale length keeps the same)

I am planning in building an electric guitar, and I personally believe it would be more comfortable to have a bridge a little bit more to the back of the body, near from where it hangs (which is ...
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Ibanez S7420 ZR2-bridge not flush with body anymore, I can't fix it

I have a Ibanez S7420 7-string with the ZR2 bridge and I think I just majorly screwed it up. The guitar was set up for standard 7-string tuning (BEADGBE) and I set it to A# F A# D# G C D# (tuning up ...
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Does the guitar's bridge affect the tone?

Does changing my bridge affect my guitar's tone? And will it make palm mutes sound good? I want to change it to a Floyd Rose Ibanez bridge.
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Replacement Bridge for a Jackson Stealth Ex Guitar (Jackson JT580 Bridge)

I have a Jackson Stealth Ex which I want to get fixed but it's going to need a new bridge. The bridge it comes with is a Jackson JT580 Bridge but I can't find a left handed version anywhere. Is ...
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What is the correct way to modify a bass bridge to accept thicker guage strings?

Recently, I tried to restring one of my 5-strings and found out that the low B string wouldn't fit through the bridge. The bass is an LTD B55 I was thinking of drilling/boring the hole to be wider, ...
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The bridge of guitar getting detached from the body

I recently got my yamaha F310 acoustic guitar replaced because the part of the body to which the bridge was attached started swelling and it seemed that the bridge was about to detach from the body as ...
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What do I do if the saddles on my bridge are already touching the bridge but I want to raise my action?

I want to raise the action a tad of my Schecter Omen Extreme 6, because there is a bit of fret buzz on the 5th fret 1st string, and a bit around the higher frets as well (same string). But I know that ...
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Ibanez Lo Pro Edge set right?

I am a beginner with these Floyd Rose bridges; I don't understand if I set the bridge right. I heard that Lo Pro bridges should be inclined a bit, but I have the feeling that it's inclined too much, ...
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Has changing string gauges upset my bridge

I've changed my guitar strings gauges recently from .09 to .10 and I feel like the Fender style bridge is a little bit higher. I used to use .10 gauges most of the time and there was no problem at ...
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Can I use a tenor banjo bridge on a plectrum banjo?

I just got a Fender Robert Schmidt 4-string plectrum banjo and the bridge string spacing is extremely wide. It seems to be about 10/16" between each string. I play Dixieland jazz and would prefer a ...
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Piezo pickup problem in acoustic guitar [closed]

I am facing an issue with Piezo pickup. I installed a cherub GTone GT-3 Piezo pickup on my guitar but i am getting high sound while playing Lower 6th string and higher 1st string . Could any one ...
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I pressed hard on the floyd rose bridge

I'm a bit new to the electric guitar domain, so I got a bit scared because when I was playing the guitar. I used the bridge to distortion the sound (I hope it's correct), and at some point I pressed a ...
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Best Way to Build a Second Bridge

I'm considering building a secondary bridge to insert into a guitar much like a Koto bridge. This is a good example of what I mean(notice the piece of wood that is around the 14th fret). What are some ...
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Guitar Bridge saddles out of sync?

I recently had a bit of trouble with a stuck string, so I unscrewed my electric guitars bridge to get rid of the string, but when i screwed it back in, it looked a bit off. It might just be me, but ...
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Violo Bridge Adjustments

Is there any standard width height or breadth for violin bridges. I think I over sanded my bridge but it was pretty cheap it came with a 200 dollar violin. Can I sand the bridge myself carefully? Can ...
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Repairing a loose guitar bridge

Today I got a 'crescent' 3/4 size with a loose bridge. How would I fix it?
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No sound from guitar

I can't get a clear sound from my electric guitar. I've tried to see if my amp was the issue, but it's okay. I can't tell if the brige is the issue since I've tampered with it to place new strings ...