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.
To compare to the arch-top guitar, where strings go over the bridge, we put strings through the bridge, which preserves all the advantages of the traditional bridge design but creates significantly lower pulling effect, which it turn allows for lighter soundboard bracing without compromising its’ 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 the firm contact point with the soundboard again. What this does is a counter balance force going down the soundboard in the place, which usually is a “bubble” spot. One force counter-balances another and the soundboard keeps its shape intact. Does it add to the sound? This is questionable. But it certainly does not spoil it.<< Back to Innovations