The concept of having guitar strings attached to the tail piece rather than to the bridge is not new. In our opinion, tail pieces are great design elements that bring another look to the flat-top acoustic guitar. However, what we care more about is the sound quality you can achieve when the soundboard is braced lesser and is not subjected to the significant torque from the bridge with strings attached to it.

Compared to the arch-top guitar where strings go over the bridge, our guitars pass the strings through the bridge. This preserves all the advantages of the traditional bridge
design yet creates a significantly lower pulling effect, which in turn allows for a lighter soundboard bracing without compromising stability.

Furthermore, what we found was that the tail piece may not necessarily be hanging above the sound board all the way. We’re normally aiming for the tail piece’s length
being half of the distance between the bridge and the tail. The back part of it is attached to the body. Then it’s hanging over the top, and (where the strings are attached) it
actually has a firm contact point with the soundboard again. What this does is create a counter balance force going down the soundboard in a place where there usually is a
“bubble” spot. One force counter-balances the other and the soundboard keeps its shape intact. Does it add to the sound? This is questionable. But it certainly does not spoil it.

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