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 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 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.
With our actual design, as you can see from the sketch on the last image, the entrance point from the tail side is lower than the saddle height, but higher than the lowest bending point at the bone insert. This makes the bridge partially balanced, which reduces the destructive pulling force applied to the top while keeping all benefits of the traditional bridge design. Therefore it’s a good sound and extended instrument’s life.<< Back to Innovations