Guitar Bridges - Variations in Acoustic Guitar Bridges

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					The guitar bridge plays a very important role in the sound production of classical and
acoustic guitars. What is the Principal Function of the Guitar Bridge?
The principal function of the bridge is to provide a secure attachment of the strings to
the guitar. The securement of this attachment is of extreme importance as the bridge
needs to endure the virtually 200 pounds of loading placed on the guitar by the guitar
strings. The Bridge's Secondary Purpose:
The secondary use of the guitar bridge is the conveyance of the vibrations that are
produced as the guitar strings are picked or strummed, to the guitar top. What is the
Remaining Purpose of the Guitar Bridge?
Guitar bridge appearance is the very last function of the bridge. The functional beauty
of a guitar bridge is also a very essential factor in guitar bridge design. Guitar
Bridges - The Most Common Types:
There are 3 basic types of guitar bridges that are made for the acoustic guitar. The
initial classical guitar bridge was designed in the mid-1800's by famed luthier Antonio
De Torres and has barely changed since that time.
The three main elements the make-up the classical guitar bridge. These are the area
that captures the guitar saddle, the tie block, where the strings are secured to the
bridge and the bridge wings, which expand the bridge plan-form. The bridge is glued
directly to the top of the guitar top plate, without any supplementary attachment. The
Acoustic Guitar Belly Bridge:
Probably the most used bridge type is the acoustic guitar belly bridge. In the early
1930's the CF Martin Company made the belly bridge part of their Dreadnought
Guitar line. The timeless beauty of the belly bridge has been a chief reason for it's
popularity over these countless years. The captured saddle area, the belly-shaped
plan-form, and the delicately shaped bridge ramps are the most endearing design
features of this popular bridge. A glue joint is most frequently the only method of
attachment of the belly bridge. Acoustic Guitar Prism Bridge:
The Prism Bridge was first introduced by the CF Martin Company on it's vintage
smaller bodied guitars such as the 000 series of guitars. It is now re-introduced on
these same re-issue vintage guitars. There are many differences between the belly
bridge and the prism bridge. These variations include a rectangular form, a through
saddle and prism-shaped bridge wings. The most universal fastening method for the
prism bridge is through a glue joint only. The Third Bridge Type - Mustache Bridge:
The Gibson Guitar Company was the first to design and introduce the mustache
bridge. This bridge was first introduced in Gibson's pre-war acoustic guitar line and
has since seen popularity in their re-issue vintage guitars. Major components of the
mustache bridge include a captured saddle, a mustache or very curvilinear plan-form,
which is it's namesake. The configuration of the bridge pin shape is also unique in that
they form a gently arc.
There you have it. The scoop on bridges. These are bridges of choice for nearly all
guitar builders.
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