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Learn How to Adjust a Guitar Bridge
Like a bridge connects two paths, similarly in a guitar a bridge connects the strings from the body to the
neck of the instrument. The bridge is one of the most essential parts of a guitar, as it is responsible for
the tone, action and intonation. Bridges are of two kinds, one is known as the ‘tremolo’ which has an
arm stretched below the string’s anchoring point. It looks like a lever which is used to manipulate the
pitch of the instrument. The other type of bridge is ‘non-tremolo’, or more commonly known as the
‘whammy bar’; this bridge comes without the lever and hence does not play a vital role in adjusting the
pitch and is famously used for jazz music. Now that you know what is a bridge and its types, the next
step is to learn how to adjust the guitar bridge.
The first step is to check the tuning of the instrument and the buzzing on the frets; check if the strings
are breaking or the intonation maybe poor. The action must be checked, which is generally at the 12th
fret. If it is high and therefore not buzzing properly, then you will have to have a look at the saddle. In
case the string action is too high then the saddles must be lowered, as the strings will be over the fret
board. If high string action is desired then the saddle has to be lowered. The saddles usually have two
small screws which help in rising or lowering the saddle; it is advisable to use an Allen key for this action,
avoiding the usage of your fingers. After completing this procedure, check the tuning of the guitar at the
12th fret again.
In case you have an acoustic guitar, then the bridge may be loose; usually due to heat, insufficient glue
or a cracked bridge plate. In this case, you will have to completely remove the bridge from the