What is a Tune-o-matic bridge on a guitar?

What is a Tune-o-matic bridge on a guitar?

Tune-o-matic (also abbreviated to TOM) is the name of a fixed or floating bridge design for electric guitars. It was designed by Ted McCarty (Gibson Guitar Corporation president) and introduced on the Gibson Super 400 guitar in 1953 and the Les Paul Custom the following year.

How high should my Tune-o-matic bridge be?

You should start at 5/64” on the low E and 4/64” on the high E. The rest of the center strings should evenly flow with this radius if it matches the radius gauge.

How do you adjust the intonation on a floating bridge?

To adjust floating bridge intonation on a guitar, first check the 12th-fret harmonic and the fretted 12th-fret tuning of both E strings (high and low). If properly intonated, the fretted and harmonic 12-fret pitches of both E strings will agree, with none of them being sharp or flat.

What are Tune-o-matic bridges made of?

Fashioned after the classic Tune-o-matic, for guitars compatible with the ABR-1 standard, this bridge is crafted from aluminum for fast attack and flat frequency response.

Why are Tune-o-matic bridge angle?

Its bridge has to be high because of the angle of the neck to the body. The optimum neck angle for a Les Paul is about 4°, but they vary between individual guitars from about 3° to 5°. This variation in angle is why the bridge and tailpiece need to be height-adjustable. The steeper the angle, the higher the bridge.

What is the difference between ABR-1 and Nashville?

The Nashville style bridge is similar to the ABR and is found on many more Gibson guitars than the ABR-1. The main difference between the two bridges is in their widths and how they are mounted to the body.

What is the distance from the nut to the bridge on a guitar?

The scale length of a guitar is the distance from bridge to nut or in the Brian may case the Zero fret to the bridge. The scale length starts where it leaves the zero fret.

Who makes Tune-o-matic bridges?

The Gibson Tune-o-matic bridge remains one of the most revered and copied pieces of guitar hardware ever developed, and the Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge offers un-notched saddles with individual saddle screw retainer clips, and a wider footing for increased intonation range.