#1
Not really sure what those are or what they specifically do as bridges and stuff. Can anyone fill me in?
#2


The tune-o-matic is the bridge. You can adjust the height of your strings and the intonation.
The stop tailpiece (different word for stop bar) is used to anchor the strings.
#3
Quote by TheQuailman


The tune-o-matic is the bridge. You can adjust the height of your strings and the intonation.
The stop tailpiece (different word for stop bar) is used to anchor the strings.


But see, I don't get how the height of the bridge affects your sound and stuff...
#4
It does not affect your sound, but if the strings are set higher and therefore further away from the fretboard, playing it will feel different because you will have to press harder on the strings to fret notes. Usually, if you have your strings set low (low action) you're guitar will have better playing comfort but will be more susceptible to fret buzz. With a higher set up (high action), it is the other way around.

You can also adjust the height of the Stop Tailpiece. Setting it low will result in more tension of the strings, making them a feel a bit 'stiffer'.

How you set up your guitar is mainly a matter of preference.
#5
The intonation DOES affect your being in tune all the way up the neck. Tune o Matics are good for setting intonation because they have a relatively wide range of saddle motion. you only need to do this if you use heavier strings than those that originally came on the guitar.
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