#1
Does the type of bridge a guitar has affect the type of tone it has? I'm not talking about the quality of the bridge, I'm talking about the actual type of bridge the guitar has. I heard that Fenders sound twangy because of the way the bridge moves on it. Is this true?
#2
Haha, no the bridge makes virtually no difference except in sustain.
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#3
Actually i'm pretty sure it does affect tone.
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#5
yes it does affect tone. im not sure about the fender thing at all, i think it has more to do with the pickups, but bridge type does affect tone in some ways.
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#7
yeah fenders sound that way because of wood and pickups
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#8
The bridge definitely effects tone and sustain. The twang of a strat comes from the bridge, the single coils, the ash or alder body, and the scale length.
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The bridge definitely effects tone and sustain. The twang of a strat comes from the bridge, the single coils, the ash or alder body, and the scale length.


or maybe...
the twang of a TELE? it comes from the tele style bridge??
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Quote by mangablade
or maybe...
the twang of a TELE? it comes from the tele style bridge??


Sure. Probably not just the bridge but the body is different as well giving different vibration rates and resonance. Not to mention if your tele is semihollow.
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#13
I'd say that the bridge comes right after pickups in terms how much it contributes to the tone, especially on non-hardtail guitars; which is why I don't own a guitar with a floyd rose; they sound bad.
#14
Yeah, I'd argue huge difference. For instance, traditionally the Tele has a three piece bridge. Every two strings share a bridge piece. It would seem that the sustain of each string is therefore interdependent. This effect is probably increased by the tele having a pickup mounted on the same metal as the bridge.

But, my duosonic has a 3 piece bridge as well, and sounds pretty different from the duosonics I've heard with 6 piece bridges.

You don't honestly think that the only difference in sound of a tele and strat are pickups Something tells me I just opened a can of worms.
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You don't honestly think that the only difference in sound of a tele and strat are pickups Something tells me I just opened a can of worms.


Exactly, strats and teles sound hugely different unplugged, too, even with the same body wood.
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Quote by lieutfunaki
Yeah, I'd argue huge difference. For instance, traditionally the Tele has a three piece bridge. Every two strings share a bridge piece. It would seem that the sustain of each string is therefore interdependent. This effect is probably increased by the tele having a pickup mounted on the same metal as the bridge.

But, my duosonic has a 3 piece bridge as well, and sounds pretty different from the duosonics I've heard with 6 piece bridges.

You don't honestly think that the only difference in sound of a tele and strat are pickups Something tells me I just opened a can of worms.


i completly agree, a tele is a perfect example of how bridge affects tone.
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Quote by lieutfunaki
Yeah, I'd argue huge difference. For instance, traditionally the Tele has a three piece bridge. Every two strings share a bridge piece. It would seem that the sustain of each string is therefore interdependent. This effect is probably increased by the tele having a pickup mounted on the same metal as the bridge.


Teles with 6 saddles do not sound very different; I think the bridge plate and the pickup plate influence the tone more (although the saddles definately do, too).
#18
They definitely affect tone, 'coz the release of the original Strat back in the 50's was delayed (depending on whose report you believe) by six months to a year 'coz they realised too late how much the bridge affected tone. They actually had a primitive roller bridge, but it was made of such cheap metal that Bill Carson, a country guitarist who tested and helped design Fender instruments from the days of the Strat on, said it sounded like "a damn cheap banjo". This was like, the day before they went into production, so they had to scrap all the bodies and bridges that had been pre-cut/cast and start again. Bit of a **** up then.
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Teles with 6 saddles do not sound very different; I think the bridge plate and the pickup plate influence the tone more (although the saddles definately do, too).


I think the type of metal also effects the tone a lot..
As stated above Kahler makes many many different combinations of metals/alloys Because they effect sustain, tone, and overall feel
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They definitely affect tone, 'coz the release of the original Strat back in the 50's was delayed (depending on whose report you believe) by six months to a year 'coz they realised too late how much the bridge affected tone. They actually had a primitive roller bridge, but it was made of such cheap metal that Bill Carson, a country guitarist who tested and helped design Fender instruments from the days of the Strat on, said it sounded like "a damn cheap banjo". This was like, the day before they went into production, so they had to scrap all the bodies and bridges that had been pre-cut/cast and start again. Bit of a **** up then.


Sounds like someone read 'The Stratocaster chronicles'.
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I think the type of metal also effects the tone a lot..
As stated above Kahler makes many many different combinations of metals/alloys Because they effect sustain, tone, and overall feel


I guess this proves your statement;

http://www.glendaleguitars.com/reviews.htm

A whole company that only makes saddles and bridge plates for telecasters, in many different materials.
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Sounds like someone read 'The Stratocaster chronicles'.


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