Tune-O-Matic Vs. Individual String Bridges

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by pi_r_squared, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. pi_r_squared


    Sep 3, 2008
    Not sure if this should go here, or in the luthier's section.....

    Looking at building a string-through......because I wanna.....not going for a "benefits-of string-through-construction" thing here...

    In any case, from the perspective of a player, or builder, what would be the advantages/disadvantages of a tune-o-matic bridge as compared to individual string bridges? Assuming the string spacing on the tun-o-matic is what I'm looking for, and I would set up the individual bridges on a 3/4" spacing as well.

    I like the individual string bridges on a Peavey Grind I play......but I use BEAD tuning, and the B-string has to take a pretty hard corner at the saddle (why i was thinking about a tune-o-matic). Never broke a string there.....just seems like a harder corner than a string that heavy wants to make.

  2. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    A TOM style would put the strings up much higher unless you recessed it into the body. If it wasn't recessed, you'd have to shim the neck to get proper action.