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The world of guitar hardware makes it easier than ever before to fine tune and customize your instrument’s sound and construction. If you’re looking for an upgrade, or just feel like playing with the look and feel of your guitar, replacement bridges and tailpieces can do just that. The array of options is pretty impressive so you’ll likely to find what you’re looking for. The different types of guitar bridges run from basic to pretty elaborate. The bridge endures quite a bit of pressure from the strings so it is common to eventually upgrade or replace it. Depending on what type of guitar and genre you play, there is a bridge that will suit your needs. Vibrato bridges have only slight contact with the guitar’s body and are actually suspended above by the springs. Models like the Bigsby B5 Fender Vibrato Kit go hand in hand with classic rock due to its ability to yield a variety of sounds and pitches. Locking tremolo bridges, like the TonePros Metric Locking Tune-o-matic Bridge, are perfect for playing heavier types of music. The strings are fastened in place at the saddle and need to be adjusted with an Allen key. This kind of durability makes it easier for you to shred should the mood strike. Tailpieces also come in a few configurations. Not just any tailpiece suits any guitar so you have to be wary when deciding what to try. Stop tailpieces are bar shaped and are screwed directly into the guitar and these work best with locking tune-o-matic bridges. Trapeze tailpieces on the other hand hover over the guitar slightly and most commonly found on hollowbody or semi-hollowbody guitars. These standard constructions of bridges and tailpieces are not where it ends. There is an incredible array of modifications and designs that hardware masters have made possible which makes finding a piece that will do what you want pretty simple to figure out. Having the ability to truly experiment with your sound is possible when you modifying your guitar to your liking.
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