The bridge is one part of the guitar that affects the sound of the guitar. The bridge is where the strings come into contact with the saddle, to transmit the string vibration energy to the guitar body. There are various types of telecaster bridge for guitars that have different features and facilities.
Guitar bridges can be divided into two categories, namely fixed bridges and vibrato/tremolo/floating bridges. The name of the tremolo is wrong because the sound produced when swinging the arm of the tremolo is vibrato (change in pitch or rise and fall of pitch). However, because it has been used for many years, the use of the word ‘tremolo’ is maintained. An example of a fixed bridge is the Gibson Les Paul, while the tremolo is an example of the Fender Stratocaster.
-Tune-o-Matic + stop tail: eg Gibson
-Hardtail: has a saddle like a Fender
-Single string: for example ABM single string
-Vintage 6 point (Fender): tremolo commonly found on vintage Stratocasters
-2 point tremolo : modern stratocaster tremolo
-Floyd Rose: locking tremolo, as used by Van Halen
Bridge Building Materials
Various metals can be used as the main material for guitar bridges. Stainless steel is the most common material for guitar bridges. But there are also those made of aluminum, brass, or even titanium.
When we talk about bridges, we also automatically discuss saddles. The saddle may be made of a different material than the bridge to produce a different sound or to prevent the strings from breaking quickly.
The locking type bridge uses a locking mechanism for more stable tuning. Generally, this locking setting is applied to tremolo bridges, such as the Floyd Rose. However, there are also fixed bridges that are equipped with locking settings, such as the Jackson Mick Thompson Soloist guitar.
The headless bridge is specially designed for headless guitars and basses. The point is that the tuning is done on the bridge, not on the headstock (headless = without a headstock) like a guitar in general. There are fixed headless bridges and there are also tremolo ones. Each guitar company has its version of the bridge. Some companies specialize in aftermarket headless bridge parts like the Hipshot.