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guitar bridge explanation

Can someone please clarify the differences with electric guitar non vibrato bridges.

I understand the main difference compared to a vibrato bridge, in that there is no bar to alter the pitch, but I am having a hard time determining certain things.

Saddle vs Bridge:
Is the saddle considered part of the bride or is it considered it's own part?

Tailpice vs Bridge:
Is the tailpiece considered part of the bridge or is it considered it's on part?

It appears there are multiple variations that are broken up into how many pieces there are to a bridge

Different variations:

1 Piece:

Robert Cray Stratocaster uses a 6-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Strat Hardtail. Are the saddles considered part of the bridge since they are built in, or would you say they are their own part that happen to be included in the bridge? Does this mean there is no tailpiece, or since there is no separate tailpiece, the whole bridge is considered a tailpiece in itself?

2014 Limited Edition Golden '50s 1951 Telecaster® uses a 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele with Brass Barrel Saddles Are the saddles considered part of the bridge since they are built in, or would you say they are their own part that happen to be included in the bridge? Does this mean there is no tailpiece, or since there is no separate tailpiece, the whole bridge is considered a tailpiece in itself?


2 Piece:

Gibson SG Standard 120 uses a Tune-O-Matic Bridge which includes saddles, but the it has a separate stop bar tailpiece. Are the saddles considered part of the bridge since they are built in, or would you say they are their own part that happen to be included in the bridge? Does this mean the tailpiece is not considered part of the bridge since it is separate from the bridge, or would you say this bridge has a separate tailpiece.

Italia Mondial Classic , which has a ITALIA piezo Jazz-style bridge and a trapeze tailpiece. Is the piezo jazz style bridge still considered a fixed or stoptail bridge? Is the tailpiece considered part of the bridge? Or are guitars with trapeze tailpieces considered a different type of bridge?


There seems to be a lot of similar but different terms that I think are confusing me.

Stoptail bridge, fixed bridge piece, stopbar, and the tailpiece.

Do all these terms basically mean a stoptail bridge, is a type of fixed bridge which can include a stopbar as a type of tailpiece?

Please help clarify....

Thanks..
Last edited by bachfantasia at Nov 19, 2014,
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well that was long. short answers. saddles are part of the bridge they adjust string length. tailpiece is where the strings anchor to on bridge setups like the SG on mentioned. it is a separate part but is part of the bridge setup. on something like a strat or tele the strings go though the back of the bridge and don't need a separate part.

there are different styles of bridges but they do consist of the same parts (with rare exceptions). the tele has saddles that are paired so there are 3 instead of 6 (modern teles often have 6 as the 3 was hard to intonate). the strat bridge moves to change pitch and is 1 unit (but still has saddles etc)

the piezo is actually a form of pickup and not actually part of the bridge per se but is located in it because of how it works
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Quote by monwobobbo
well that was long. short answers. saddles are part of the bridge they adjust string length. tailpiece is where the strings anchor to on bridge setups like the SG on mentioned. it is a separate part but is part of the bridge setup. on something like a strat or tele the strings go though the back of the bridge and don't need a separate part.

there are different styles of bridges but they do consist of the same parts (with rare exceptions). the tele has saddles that are paired so there are 3 instead of 6 (modern teles often have 6 as the 3 was hard to intonate). the strat bridge moves to change pitch and is 1 unit (but still has saddles etc)

the piezo is actually a form of pickup and not actually part of the bridge per se but is located in it because of how it works



hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. so even though the stopbar is a different part, it is still part of the bridge? it's just not connected like the saddles are? same with the trapeze tailpiece?
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Quote by bachfantasia
hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. so even though the stopbar is a different part, it is still part of the bridge? it's just not connected like the saddles are? same with the trapeze tailpiece?


yes. trapeze tailpiece is just another style. strings run through them and over the bridge. the saddles are used to adjust the strings on that end of the guitar.