Everyone who plays “traditional” acoustic guitars knows that with time the action goes up influencing the pliability and intonation. No matter what bracing pattern is used, the soundboard will arch in years due to the constant pull from the strings. The only option that traditional (glued) neck-joint leaves is to lower (sand-off) the saddle, …and then the bridge, … and then complete reset of the neck is a must.
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.
Playing or just practicing with a guitar is often a one-on-one performance. It’s only you and your guitar. The best sound experience, however, as you know is when you sit in front of the player with the sound hole pointing in your direction. We found it not being “fair”.
This was an idea of ours for sometime before we actually tried. There are two concepts combined into one solution: Pin-less strings’ attachment and more vibration energy transferred to the soundboard.
The concept of having guitar strings attached to the tail piece rather than to the bridge is not new. Tail pieces are great design elements that bring another look to the flat top acoustic guitar in our opinion. However, what we care more for is the sound quality you can achieve when the soundboard is braced lighter and is not subjected to the significant torque from the bridge with strings pinged to it.
With tail string attachment there is a relatively long piece of string under the tension between the bridge and the tail. If the tail piece is small, the length of this string segment becomes even bigger and produces the sound of its own.
The guitar’s bridge, beside the functional purpose of transmitting sound vibrations to the soundboard, is also an element of creative design. Our bridges are designed to work together with the top bracing and, besides the original look, contribute greatly to the sound of the guitar. They have their anchors spread out connecting through the top with underneath braces that extend sound waves further. Having no pins makes it easier to change strings and gives the bridge very special look too.
We like small acoustic guitars. Vibrant tone, sparkling heights, easy to play. The obvious drawback is not that prominent bass. Thinking of this problem one day, it appeared that engineers building acoustic speakers long time ago were facing the same issue.
When it comes to guitar bracing – everything and anything was already tried. Well, we’ve heard it many times in other areas of life, but from time to time people still come up with new ideas that work. So, from our perspective, why not at least give it a creative try.