Most of our guitars are built with a tail string attachment. This partially relieves the top from the torque caused by strings’ tension. The Balance Bridge is the next step towards making the top torque and deflection free.
This design allows for the bridge to be even less loaded and sort of suspended between the working portion of strings and the portion going to the tail. Strings enter the bridge from the tail side, then go down and then go up above the saddle as usual. If you map the forces applied to the bridge (and the guitar’s top plate) you will see that technically, if the strings entrance point from the tail side is at the saddle’s height, the bridge’s permanent load on the top plate becomes zero. The bridge becomes totally balanced and kind of hanging on the strings. Then the only energy that is transferred by the bridge to the guitar would be the one making the actual sound. I.e the vibration.
There can be different variations of the actual implementation of the idea, as you can see in the images. In either case, the Balance bridge adds to a great sound and extended instrument’s life.<< Back to Innovations