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Old 04-29-2017, 08:27 PM
ricklt ricklt is offline
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Default Slotted pin holes

Have a question about slotting the bridge pin holes. I have read that these slots need to go from the surface of the bridge all the way through the bridge plate inside. I understand the reasoning behind this. I have a couple of guitars that the bridge is slotted but the soundboard and bridge plate are not. The slots on the bridge are angled so that they don't even go through the bridge completely. Does this make sense to anyone. One guitar is a Epiphone Hummingbird. The other a Gibson B-45 12 string.
I also was wondering if you could cut the slots so that on the surface of the bridge the slots matched each string thickness, but on the inside deep enough for the string ball. I don't know if I am making any sense here but I appreciate your answers​.

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Old 04-29-2017, 09:16 PM
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Those slots in the bridge are ramps, meant to get strings closer to the saddle for the purpose of increasing the angle for more downward pressure.
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Old 04-29-2017, 09:46 PM
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Some say there should be a slot all the way through the bridge plate too. That is really what I'm asking about. Sorry if I am not clear on that.

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Old 04-29-2017, 09:58 PM
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I always slot all the way through the bridge plate. The point is to make sure the ball ends up alongside the pin and seated on the underside of the bridge plate where it belongs and not captured on the end of the pin. The width of the slot needs to be wide enough to accommodate the thickness of the doubled back string ends.
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:00 PM
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Slotting and ramping are two different things, but they can look similar from the top of the bridge. Ramping does not go through the bridge plate and will not accomodate solid pins. Slotting will. Ramping does nothing to mitigate the bridge plate damage from slotted pins. Slotted bridges and solid pins, properly fitted, will virtually eliminate it.
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