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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Bone or brass bridge pins

Rigby1027

USA, Lubbock

Anybody got a band-aid?
Dec 5th, 2015 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Do these make a noticeable difference in any way? I'm looking for a little more sustain and maybe a little more bite in the low end. Overall I'm very happy with this little $300.00 acoustic.

Ibanez Artwood concert size guitar.

littleuch
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Dec 6th, 2015 08:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've tried wood, plastic and brass. I don't hear much of a difference. With the break angle of the strings the pins basically are there to ensure the string stays put. I cannot imagine how they could contribute anything of major significance.

YEMV (your ears may vary).

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Dec 6th, 2015 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

littleuch +1

I seriously doubt that I could hear the difference. There are those that claim that brass will brighten the sound.

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Dec 6th, 2015 09:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think if anything a bone nut and saddle may give you what your looking for.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Dec 6th, 2015 09:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fossilized Saber-tooth Tiger p*n*s is the best.

Yeah, right.

twangdoodles

michigan usa

Dec 6th, 2015 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not usually one to go for such things but did, once, on a whim swap out plastic pins for bone ones on my j-45 copy. This was some years ago now but they made that guitar noticeably brighter, not in a good way. Used the same strings too. Had to put the plastic ones back in.

I don't know what to make of it, but I'm also someone who shielded a strat and felt that the shielding killed much of the charm of that guitar. Seems silly to me that either of these things would make any difference, but there it is.

Te 52

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Dec 6th, 2015 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In theory, brass pins would give you a bit more sustain at the cost of a little less volume.

Depleted uranium pins would have the same effect, only more so.

Rigby1027

USA, Lubbock

Anybody got a band-aid?
Dec 6th, 2015 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So, dont worry about it and just play?

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Dec 6th, 2015 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep.

Practice is the absolute best tonal "upgrade" you can do on any instrument.

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Florida

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Dec 6th, 2015 01:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a cheap enough experiment (at least for brass). Give it a whirl and see for yourself.

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Age is just a number...mine is big
Dec 8th, 2015 09:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a big fan of brass...I just like it. I put brass pins on an acoustic I just fixed up, replacing the plastic pins. Didn't make much difference except the brass looks better.

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Dec 8th, 2015 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In my experience, differences are subtle, at best.

I put ebony pins in my Martin PS-2.
It's a 000-28 style and I wanted to see if the ebony would mellow the tone a bit from the stock plastic pins. I think it did, but like I said, it was a subtle change.
I also think the ebony LOOKS better. (;^)

But every guitar is a bit different and as littleuch pointed out, it's a pretty cheap - and completely reversible - mod to try.

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Dec 8th, 2015 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Saddles seem to make a difference but bridge pins don't change anything for me anyway.

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Mar 24th, 2016 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Strings can make a bigger/cheaper/faster difference than any other mod.

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Mar 24th, 2016 10:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No difference. They just hold the strings in place. The bridge or nut might make a difference but I doubt most people could tell any difference.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

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Mar 26th, 2016 08:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a big brass fan going back to the 70's. I put a set of pins in my acoustic (Japanese from the 70's, but a fine sounding and playing acoustic) expecting a difference.

There was none. I didn't like the look so I put them in a cheap acoustic I have with gold tuners. Looked great there, but no difference in tone.

I did put a brass saddle and pins in a 1940's National I had...1/8" wide saddle. The originals had deteriorated from being in an attic for decades. They did make a difference, but the saddle probably more than the pins.

tuninguitars

Indiana

lets take it apart
Aug 12th, 2016 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Picks make a difference in sound IMHO

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Aug 12th, 2016 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like ebony pins.

Do I hear a difference? Maybe, but it might just be the new strings I put on at the same time.

At any rate, the ebony pins (w/abalone) look a lot better than the white plastic things.

reverend mikey
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Aug 13th, 2016 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Picks make a difference in sound IMHO"

^^^ +1 this... and strings, as someone else mentioned.

And everyone's ears are different, and/or our brains are different, and/or we're just wanting to hear a tone that's very much to our personal taste.

Don't know if there's any other rhyme or reason to it...

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