Acoustic & Electric Guitars
The main objective of the bridge on an acoustic guitar is to switch the vibration from the strings to the soundboard, which vibrates the air within the guitar, thereby amplifying the sound produced by the strings. On all electric, acoustic and authentic guitars, the bridge holds the strings in place on the body. There could also be some mechanism for elevating or decreasing the bridge saddles to regulate the space between the strings and the fretboard (motion), or fine-tuning the intonation of the instrument. Some are spring-loaded and feature a “whammy bar”, a removable arm that lets the player modulate the pitch by altering the strain on the strings.
Knowing a little bit more about what goes into a guitar can also help discover a clear path to the instrument that’s right for you. A capo (quick for capotasto) is used to vary the pitch of … Read More