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D'Andrea Tone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set   

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Tone Pins are machined out of brass and fit almost all brands of six-string acoustic guitars. By adding mass to the bridge, tone pins increase the cl...Read More

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Tone Pins are machined out of brass and fit almost all brands of six-string acoustic guitars. By adding mass to the bridge, tone pins increase the clarity, sustain, and brightness of your overall tone. Various styles as well as mother-of-pearl and abalone inlay options will complement any instrument

An inexpensive way to improve your acoustic's tone.

FEATURES
  • Designed to fit most acoustic guitar bridges
  • Increase clarity, sustain, and brightness of tone
  • Enhance your guitar's appearance
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D'AndreaTone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set
 
4.2

(based on 107 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (8)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (23)
  • Improves sound (23)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Functional (20)

Cons

  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Concerts (14)
  • Back-up (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (7), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Brass tone pins - cylindrical and traditional styles

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I own two acoustic guitars that I have experience with, using the D'Andrea tone pins. My guitars are: 1968 Martin D12-35 Brazilian w/ D-28 neck retro-fitted by Martin in...Read complete review

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I own two acoustic guitars that I have experience with, using the D'Andrea tone pins. My guitars are: 1968 Martin D12-35 Brazilian w/ D-28 neck retro-fitted by Martin in Nazareth, PA
1994 Taylor 810CE Indian Rosewood w/original type neck

Prior to re-pinning these guitars, I have used the orginal plastic pins from the factory. Also, I've used a variety of strings on both: silk & steel, Phosphor & Bronze, and Bronze. On the Martin, I have a Shadow SH470 3-pickup assembly, and on the Taylor, the Fishman Prefix Onboard blender system.

I was looking primarily for increased clarity, esp. in the treble range, w/o sacrificing the bottom end. If you're looking for a sound that doesn't re-color your guitar's woodiness, you may want to stay with ebony, bone, or even Micarta versions. But I'm not a purist, so if you want to scream at me, knock yourself out. Originally, D'Andrea only offered the cylindrical-head design, so I had to get what I could get. More recently, they're offering the traditional-pin style tone pins, which I much prefer. With the cylindrical, I find the touch is maximum sustain, although somewhat more brassy. With the traditional, the combination is shifted more toward the ebony-woody with one side brassy. Note that the cylindrical style has you pulling your string through a hole in the pin head so that when you change strings, the string and pin stay threaded, while in the traditional, you have a separated string and pin combination.

I love the brass pins and wouldn't go back for anything. Sustain is heavenly, and the clarity unparalleled, in my opinion. You should expect a Roger McGuinn effect that gets pulled into your amp nicely, and a louder and clearer effect w/o amplification. For me, I think brass strings match better with the brass pins than the phosphor-bronze strings, but others may feel the reverse rings truer for them. If you don't try the brass pins, you'll never know if you like them, and they're so inexpensive, you haven't lost much of anything for the try-out. I heartily recommend them.

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Very poor quality control

Im not gonna write a negative review about a product because it doesn't fit my guitar like a lot of people seem to do. I don't think thats a fair review because there is...Read complete review

Im not gonna write a negative review about a product because it doesn't fit my guitar like a lot of people seem to do. I don't think thats a fair review because there is nothing inherently wrong with a product just because it doesn't fit. But when I received these, the quality control was so bad I was shocked. The mother of pearl inlay dots were set in without a thought as to quality at all. The pins did add a bit of brightness to the guitar which was nice but I can't give this product a good review because of how terrible the quality of the construction is. I switched them out for Jellyfish HotRod pins which worked much better. I would never recommend these. Use bone or if you want metal pins to brighten the tone then use a different brand. These are garbage.

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5.0

Need more Tone,Sustain and Clarity?? Get Brass!!

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from North Carolina

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about D'Andrea Tone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set:

    This is my 2nd set for a new guitar. My first set has been on my Main acoustic for 10 years.Never a problem, always adding richtone, clarity and Sustain.

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    5.0

    I will get another set for my other guitar.

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    from austin Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • pickin and grinnin

      Comments about D'Andrea Tone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set:

      I have been playing the same Yamaha fg-180 since 1973. I play very close to the bridge to get a particular sound out of it. After putting these pins in using the same strings, I get the same sound further away toward the sound hole. they fit perfectly and a definate upgrade to my guitar.

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      5.0

      Just ordered my second set

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      from Roanoke, AL

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Andrea Tone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set:

        These will not fit securely on some guitars, unless you bend the string down at a right angle, down at the ball, at the end of where it has been tied. Then it's no problem, and pins don't pop back out. I've had to do that on all my guitars. I love these, but very hard to clean. When mine get looking real bad, I just buy more. I usually keep them around 3 years, then buy new ones.

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        5.0

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        from Apple Valley, CA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about D'Andrea Tone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set:

          I notice a bit of a boost to the higher end of the tonal spectrum, as well as some gain in sustain. This is a plus, though slight. The biggest gain is definitely esthetic. They look marvelous!

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          5.0

          Definitely a worthwhile addition

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          from Adams Ma

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about D'Andrea Tone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set:

            I ordered these tone pins for my alvarez baritone acoustic. The pins it came with were cheap and didn't offer much.if you're looking to add depth, resonance and clarity to your sounds these bridge pins are a no brainer! Excellent sound, excellent quality and least important (but still a nice extra) they even look fantastic too!

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            1.0

            Poor quality

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            from Robertsdale, Alabama

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              Cons

              • Not Functional
              • Poor Quality

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                Comments about D'Andrea Tone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set:

                These pins are too narrow to fit securely into my Gibson acoustic, which uses "traditional" bridge pins, rather than the wider "presentation" pins. Even so, I was able to tighten the strings and the pins remained in place long enough for me to see that my guitar looked much worse with these than with the white plastic pins which come standard. The mother of pearl was crooked in two of the pins, sticking out on one edge. Overall, the height of the mother of pearl was very uneven, and the quality of the pearlescence was only decent on two pins. If I were the manufacturer, I would not allow these to leave the factory looking like this.

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                5.0

                Small But Welcome Miracles

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                from Houston, TX

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                Pros

                • Brightens Guitar
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about D'Andrea Tone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set:

                    Although I usually have spruce topped guitars, I did like the looks and feel of a mahogany model. The trouble? It was just lifeless beyond a mid range. Wanted to add a bit of sparkle -- and these were recommended to me. Installed them and the difference is wonderful, but not in a splashy tinny way. Great tone on my acoustic now and astonishing sustain. Do try them.

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                    5.0

                    super brige pins

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                    from florida

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                    Pros

                    • Easy T Apply And Put Your

                    Cons

                    • Regular Pin Puller Wont W

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about D'Andrea Tone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set:

                    these brass pins makes the guitar sound great . and easy to install

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                    4.0

                    Improved tone as advertised

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                    from NoCo

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                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

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                        Comments about D'Andrea Tone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set:

                        Finally had the opportunity to try them. Made my 40-year-old 12-string come alive. The pin heads are a little large and spread the pairs a bit more than the original plastic pins, but the sound is very much worth it.

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                        4.0

                        Made a difference

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                        from Crown Point, NY

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                        Pros

                        • Functional
                        • Improves Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about D'Andrea Tone Pins Brass Bridge Pin Set:

                          I have been playing music for over 50 years so I do know something about sound and tone. I have a fender mahogany accoustic/electric that I purchased because of the playability and a more sunbued sound and feels good in my hands.I wanted to have a little more brightness to the sound and these pins did the job. Also added a little more sustain. Of course everyone has a little different ear for sound, but for me, these are just perfect for what I was looking for!

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