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Do they have different sizes or should a just buy any set of new ones? I broke it on my last string that i was changing
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Bridge pins are cheap. You can get very good ones for maybe $20 a set. Any set should do. Your local shop might even have a spare one laying around that they'll give you.
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we sell your average everyday ordinary plastic bridge pins for 25cents where I work. and a set of like nice ones (with a spare) is 15-20 bucks.
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a good set of rosewood or ebony bidge pins are cheap and will force you to string your guitar the right way which will then make your guitar sound better. A good investment even if one of your plastic pins didn't break.
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Quote by CorduroyEW
a good set of rosewood or ebony bidge pins are cheap and will force you to string your guitar the right way which will then make your guitar sound better. A good investment even if one of your plastic pins didn't break.

Just out of curiosity, what do you mean by "the right way"? I just bought a few cheap plastic ones since it's all they had at my local shop
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Cheap plastic or exotic hardwood... Bridge pins all work in the same way. The string is actually held in the guitar by having the ball-end forced against the bridge-plate under the bridge. The pin just keeps the string and the ball-end in place, it should bear no stress from the string at all.
A good trick is to slightly kink the string just above the ball-end before you put it in the hole. This prevents it from catching on the end of the pin.

Here's a nice illustration:

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Last edited by Bikewer at Jun 24, 2011,
#7
When I say "the right way" I mean pretty much what bikewer just explained.

When a guitar is strung properly the pin pushes the ball end forward so that the end of the string hooks under the bridge plate. When you have problems with pins getting stuck and broken that is an indicator that the ball end is wedging it's self between the bridgpin and the whole that the string threads through. Having the pins pop out when tightening can also indicate a similar problem although friction can cause the pin to pop out some so you do need to hold it in place when initially taking out the slack.

The reason I suggest rosewood or ebony pins is because the harder material which means they are less likely to let the ball ends of the strings slide into the wrong place. If the guitar is properly strung up then it doesn't matter if the pins are ebony or plastic as long as they fit. Problem is, very few people using plastic pins actually use them the right way.

Here is a good tutorial on stringing your guitar which should help shine a little light on what I'm talking about.

http://frets.com/FRETSPages/Musician/Guitar/Setup/SteelStrings/Stringing/ststringing1.html
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