I am currently in the middle of making my first guitar and i'm using a hardtail bridge.
I was wondering as how to go about getting a ground wire to the bridge without it looking untidy.

I was thinking about rounting a shallow reccess beneath the bridge and just drilling a hole for the ground wire into the control cavity, would this work?

And finally i'm pretty sure most people just leave the ground exposed and screw the bridge ontop of it, Is this ok to do?

Many thanks,


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Last edited by chrism3006 at Jan 28, 2008,
Yeah basically you drill the holes for the bridge, then drill a hole connecting them to the control cavity, then you thread the ground wire underneath where the bridge will sit, and ensure the bridge makes contact when it is in place.

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The tom bridges are usually grounded to the bottom of the sleeve thats pressed into the guitar. But yea its nothing more than the bare end of a wire touching the metal of the bridge.