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Bridge Piece

Also known as a “saddle.” A component in an electric guitar bridge that is analogous to a bridge saddle on an acoustic guitar. A bridge piece usually supports or carries one or two strings, and allows string height and intonation adjustments using small screws and springs. A bridge piece also sets the spacing between the strings at the bridge and transfers vibration from the string into the bridge plate or base. Most bridge pieces are made from metal, such as brass or steel, though they can also be made from graphite, nylon, and other materials.

The material a bridge piece is made from affects the tone for the string or strings that pass over it. Some guitarists have been known to mix and match bridge pieces of different materials to balance the tone of their instrument or to create a particular tonal effect.

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