|Pinless Bridge noun \ˈpinˈles ˈbrij\
01:01A "Pinless Bridge" is a bridge for use on steel string guitars without the use of bridge pins. The strings simply thread in from the back edge through holes in the bridge drilled in-line with the strings. This simpler design eliminates the need for bridge pins, however, this design adds stress to the bridge and top plate so a securely attached and reinforced bridge is crucial in this design.
For some luthiers who prefer this approach it's a matter of economy. It saves some "set up" time and manufacturing cost to use a simple bridge in which the strings are simply threaded through from the back edge. That way, there are no holes to drill through the top, no pins to fit, etc.
Other builders feel that there are subtle tonal advantages to Pinless Bridges. For example, a bridge on Breedlove Guitars is a complex and well thought-out design and provides good support for the strings without the use of bridge pins.
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