I maintain that pins change the tone but the variable is what tone you like. Those vibrations are filtered through the material of the saddle and pins, with certain frequencies coming through clearly and others being muted. So to answer your original question, I say: no. 940 78. Therefore, my advise for most people would be that, unless you're really dissatisfied with the tone of your guitar, don't bother changing the pins. I seem to remember a thread on bass chat about adding mass to to the headstock to eliminate dead spots on the neck, there was a device that you could buy to clamp to your headstock possibly made by dunlop but I'm not sure, I did have a musicman maple neck bass with a horrendous dead note on Eflat on the G string, experimented with a small metal g cramp on the headstock, did work but wasn't very pretty so I sold the bass in frustration, it looks like adding mass will have some sort of effect but whether it becomes an improvement is debatable, happy new year, mike b. My experience is the opposite to that of the Ops. By the time you start measuring the variance associated with tone that bridge pin material accounts for you're 99% done. These same pins in my friend's OM size Ibanez likewise improved the volume, tone and sustain in a pleasing manner. While it was a good sound, the original ebony pins provided the warmth that it needed. But that can cost a lot of money and requires a good deal of work. Was very surprised. Then be careful to lift your arm off the top of the lower bout when you're playing. This website uses cookies for functionality, analytics and advertising purposes as described in our, Queen Annes Revenge, loyal sea dog, grog. I had a hard time telling a sound difference between bone and AA plastic pins. Maybe it's my old ears! When it comes to bridge pins- there is no hard/fast rule as to what is going to be better or worse in a given situation. In your experience, do bridge pins of different material (bone, plastic, wood, metal, etc.) A note of caution with brass though. plain, no inlay, Bone Guitar Bridge Pin 6pk But if you want solid parts... change them for bone, brass, wood/other material that isn't plastic. Bone Bridge Pins reviews. After about 7 years of ownership, I changed the pins in my 2008 D-18A to Antique Acoustics black plastic pins. Without having to know the ins and outs of guitar technology any player can install a set of polished bone bridge pins and instantly improve the sound of their instrument, whether it is a $500 student model or a professional level guitar costing tens times as much. Some have argued that each affects tone in different ways, with brass being the brightest and wood and bone offering excellent sustain. I'm afraid the only way to improve tone with bridge pins is by experimenting with all the different types, which is not exactly a cheap proposition. They are what keeps the strings in place by wedging the ball end of the string against the bridge plate. I don't think it's as simple as that… not only do brass bridge pins often seem to improve the sound, my Gibson Dove - which is the best-sounding acoustic guitar I've ever owned or played - has one of the largest, thickest rosewood bridges known to man, and which must be heavier than a standard one. The other day I took some plastic bridge pins off of my lady's Larrivee and replaced with bone and it completely killed the tone. Personally I think a LOT has to do with the build of the guitar in the first place.......how "light" a construction it is,  as ICBM said -the thickness/density of the bridge and plate, and how well its attached to the top,  how thin or thick the top is, how it resonates, what effect the bracing has....................and its not even as simple or definite as one of the other, its a mix of all or any of these things,  there aint no simple formula. Share with: Link: Copy link. Most of my guitars came with ebony pins and I like the look of bone in an ebony bridge so i change them. I'm not sure that it makes any differences at all, but I use bone to harden the sound, and wood to soften it. When I do use plastic I prefer the galalith (milk based plastic) pins from Stewmac. Plastic bridge pins. w/ ebony inlay, Bone Guitar Bridge Pin 6pk They've gotten it right for close to 200 years, so I kinda trust them to get it right these days too. I prefer unslotted high-quality plastic for bridge pins - antique acoustics are the best I have found. It's kind of subtle but has a real effect IMO. Plastic parts on acoustics (pins, bridge saddles, and nuts) - I've seen some crackers in my time (literally) where the offending guitarist has put the bridge saddle back in the wrong way round and it's cracked or shattered under the heavier tension of the strings on the thinner/weaker part of the saddle! Bryan . Even if the sound is the same, the Bone pins look nicer. Right now, unslotted AAs are on my guitars- they look and sound great.


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