“Dear Sir, A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with sitka top. I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce. The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them. It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career. Many Thanks. ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”
WOOD BRIDGE PINS Our beautiful wood bridge pins are available in Bloodwood, Boxwood, Cocobolo, Ebony, Indian Rosewood and Tintul/Tamarind (a hardwood found in India that is almost indistinguishable from Indian Rosewood in a bridge pin). Many of the pins have abalone, MOP, parisian eye, Boxwood or Ebony dot accents.
We also carry matching wood endpins for attaching a strap to the end of the guitar.
PLASTIC BRIDGE PINS Plastic pins are rarely used on new instruments, but every repair person needs to keep them on hand as replacements for production instruments.
Our wood, plastic, and brass pins are sold in sets of 6.
3 DEGREE PINS: 3 degree bridge pins are used as replacements on most production guitars (Taylor and overseas made instruments, for example) and on pre-1994 Martins and pre-2002 Collings guitars. 3 degree has been a popular choice with many of the high-end custom luthiers as it has been commented that it is easier to provide a good fith with a wider variety of strings with this taper
5 DEGREE PINS: 5 degree pins are a common replacement for most modern Martins and many older Dreadnoughts. They were used commonly in the past and are often termed "vintage style".
UNSLOTTED PINS: Some believe that by slotting the bridge and using an unslotted pin you create greater coupling between the string, pin, bridge plate and soundboard, which improves tone. Others say the difference is negligible or non-existent. Nonetheless, unslotted bridge pins are popular with some luthiers and players. There are varying reports about whether or not different pin types effect bridge plate damage over time.