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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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An inexpensive way to improve your acoustic's tone.

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

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 111 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (8)

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    (12)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (27)
  • Good quality (26)
  • Easy to use (23)
  • Functional (23)

Cons

  • Not functional (3)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (18)
  • Concerts (16)
  • Back-up (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (9), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Brass tone pins - cylindrical and traditional styles

10
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

A must for the pro guitar player!

By Tynan Q.

from Henderson, NV

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

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

    I use these on an Ibanez AE 12 string. they improve the tone immensely! One small problem is getting the ball of the string end to pop up to the top of the bring pin hole. If you string it up loosely, you can put your hand through the sound hole and manually push the ball to the top of the pin. I take a luthier on tour with me and we both learned this little trick. Nothing like a bridge pin popping off stage at a concert. We carry spares, but it hasn't happened since we learned the trick. Hope this helps!

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    5.0

    Tone Pins worked for me

    By Cal

    from Breckenridge, CO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    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 worked in my backup Epiphone EJ-200, I noticed a bit more sustain and shimmer on the high end.

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      5.0

      Style and sound

      By Dennisio

      from Summerhill, PA

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      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Nice dress-up

      Cons

      • No cons

      Best Uses

      • To brighten highs

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

      I have bought about six sets of these now. Just put them on my Martin D-1, they fit perfectly.

      These pins dramatically enhance the high notes on some guitars. They are also a nice accent on guitars that have a plain appearance.

      Rock on.

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      4.0

      Good but need work!

      By nelaga

      from Florida

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

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

      Worked well, but the quality needs to be addressed! The insets were rough and set too deep. I repaired them by chucking them up in my drill and using some 2000 grit emery paper smoothed them out. Then using a buffing wheel and some Jewelers Rouge, I polished them! They are now beautiful! :) The only thing I don't quite understand is that 3 of them are Mother of Pearl and 3 are Abalone. Unique huh!

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      5.0

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

      By Ricky Vacca

      from North Carolina

      About Me Professional Musician

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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.

        By jr T Snapper

        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

          By Gene

          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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            By Guitar Mark

            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

              By Joeychapmanmusic

              from Adams Ma

              About Me Professional Musician

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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

                By Gary J.

                from Robertsdale, Alabama

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Not Functional
                  • Poor Quality

                  Best Uses

                    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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