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Thread #43092   Message #627674
Posted By: mooman
14-Jan-02 - 12:06 PM
Thread Name: why is a guitar bridge glued down?
Subject: RE: why is a guitar bridge glued down?
Some makes of steel-strung guitar do not use bridge pins at all but, in such cases, a well designed top and properly glued bridge presents no problems. My Flambeau/Lowden has such a design and is now 18 years old without a hint of bridge creep, detachment or "rotation" of the top, despite heavy playing.

As Murray says, tradition is the main reason for the moveable bridge on the mandolin family but I have seen a number of 8-string instruments (Fylde springs to mind) that cope perfectly well with a glued bridge.