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AWESOME: Bridge pin that brings out the guitar's original sound​

AWESOME is a completely new bridge pin that was developed with a lot of time, knowledge, and experience poured into bringing out the guitar's original tone.


Bridge Pin


■List price 11,000 yen (12,100 yen including tax)

■Acoustic bridge pin

Contents: 6 bridge pins, 7 rings (1 of which is a spare)

Diameter: 5.2mm(0.2 in)


There are two types available, made of different materials: ebony and cow bone.

Ebony (AW-EB52)

Material: Ebony Color: Black

Cow bone (AW-BO52)

It is said that in the 100-year history of the steel-string guitar, there is still room for improvement in the bridge pin.

To produce the guitar's original sound, the ball end of the string needs to be securely hooked onto the bridge plate. However, because the contact point between the ball end and the bridge plate is a very small single point, it was possible that the guitar's original sound was not being fully produced.

By using this AWESOME bridge pin, you can effectively increase the contact area of the ball end.

In addition, after testing over 40 different materials for the rings that the strings pass through, we found that the material we used was proven to clearly improve sound quality.

A bridge pin that brings out the natural sound of your guitar - that's AWESOME.


Problems with conventional bridge pins

This is a photo of the bridge of the guitar taken from the inside.

When using conventional bridge pins

The ball end touches the bridge plate (the back plate on the inside of the guitar behind the bridge) at only one point (marked by the arrow).

With less ground contact, not all of the string vibration may be transmitted to the bridge and the guitar will not resonate as well as it should.

This is one area that has never been improved upon in the history of the acoustic guitar.

When using AWESOME bridge pins

The ball end passes through a ring and makes surface contact with the bridge plate.

The contact area between the ball end and the ring is also increased, as is the contact area between the ring and the bridge plate.


Changes in sound when using AWESOME

This is a comparison of the sound when using a conventional bridge pin (left) and when using an AWESOME bridge pin(right).

The horizontal axis of the graph is frequency, with the left being low and the right being high. The vertical axis is volume, with the higher the graph, the louder the sound.

As can be seen in the comparison of part (1), when using AWESOME, the bass range extends to lower frequencies.

In part (2), we can see that the harmonic components in the mid-to-high range have also increased.

In part (3), we can see that the harmonics around 10KHz have also increased.

Compared to a standard bridge pin, the AWESOME produces a louder overall volume and a wider frequency range.


How AWESOME transmits vibrations

AWESOME is used in combination with a small ring.

This ring is what makes it different from conventional bridge pins and is the secret to its awesomeness.

This ring is curved to fit snugly over the ball end.

The other side is flat and is designed to make a firm contact with the bridge plate.

The curved ring changes the contact area of the ball end from a point to a surface.

This allows the string vibrations to be transmitted to the bridge plate without any loss, bringing out the guitar's original sound.

Image of when AWESOME is used


How to use AWESOME

It's easy to use and we recommend using it when changing to new strings.

1) Pass the string through the ring.

The ring has a top and bottom, so make sure to pass it through so that the concave side comes into contact with the end ball.


2) Attach the string to the peg and the end ball

Insert into the bridge hole.

3) Insert the AWESOME bridge pin into the bridge hole.

Make sure the opening of the pin (the notched side) faces the head.


4) When you tighten the strings, the ring and bridge pin will fit tightly together.


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