The bridge is the only component of a guitar that is always in contact with the string. It transfers the energy of the vibration of the string into the body. The manner in which this transfer of energy occurs influences the tone.
It is important to note that the bridge is also used to adjust the action and intonation of a guitar. Bridges with individually adjustable saddles give more freedom to get a better set-up.
Tremolos allow users to bend the pitch of a note up or down using a lever (sometimes known as a whammy bar).
Hank Marvin, Jeff Beck and Eddie Van Halen all famously used tremolos, albeit in very different ways.
If you don't use this feature, we wouldn't recommend having it. It adds cost and can effect tuning stability when used heavily. The pitch of all the strings also tends to drop when you are bending the strings. This is noticeable if you play 'Country Style' bent double stops, as the unbent note will sound flat.
Hardtail bridges fix directly to the body. They give great energy transfer and aid excellent tuning stability. They also don't give any pitch issues when bending.
Here's what is included with each of our guitar lines:
A modern take on the 6-point vintage tremolo. Complete with a steel block for unrivalled sustain at this price point. Smooth and comfortable under the hand. It's an unbelievably good value tremolo.
As you would expect from Gotoh, this bridge is of superb quality. Its comfortable under hand and its five mounting screws mean string vibrations are transferred to the body exceptionally well.
This "sawn-off" T-type bridge looks great and is available on all Semi-Custom Series guitars. It gives a more vintage look, and the brass saddles give a slightly warmer tone. As the saddles are in pairs, it is slightly harder to get the intonation spot on, but we've never experienced any issues.
HIPSHOT US CONTOUR TREMOLO
Here's what Hipshot say:
"The Hipshot US Contour bridge is unlike any tremolo system out there. Hardened steel pivot pins inserted into a machined brass top plate give the US Contour a bell like tonal quality and silky smooth whammy action! Coupled with a solid machined steel tremolo block, the US Contour can achieve tremendous sustain and volume."
We tend to agree with them on this one, which is why we have selected it for our Custom series. It is one of the smoothest tremolos on the market. It's high quality and extremely comfortable under the hand.
HIPSHOT US CONTOUR
Here's what Hipshot say:
"The Hipshot Fixed Bridge is the ultimate marriage of performance, beauty and ergonomics. Each bridge is hand polished for a smooth, comfortable feel under your palm. The stainless steel saddles have a crisp string relief edge, eliminating dull tones. The side walls lock your saddles in place no matter how hard you thrash. It has a machined, solid brass base plate with side walls, Stainless steel saddles maximise sustain and tonality and String through body design for solid down pressure on bridge and saddles."
Again, this is a great bridge. It is easy to get the perfect set-up and perfect intonation, it's comfortable and it looks fantastic. What more could you want.
CORE CUSTOM X
A choice of all of the above and more...