Bridge Retaining Wire

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  1. Owl

    Owl V.I.P. Member

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    I was reading in a thread and saw someone mention a bridge retaining wire.

    First off, what is it, and what does it do?

    Second off, can someone give me pictures of one?

    Finally, what are the advantages to having one or not having one?

    Thanks for helping.
     
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    Rico Senior Member

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    On the bridge of my Epip Sheraton II there is a wire which runs alone the part of the bridge where the screw heads for the saddle adjustments are. The wire acts like a clamp, to hold the heads in place. So that if you remove all the strings the screws with the saddles won't fall out. The bridges on my LP's don't have that. Both do have a small, tiny wire type clip between the saddle and screw head, acts like a washer, kinda. At least that's what it looks like to me.

    I got this picture from the above link, from Krapsusa.

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    Thanks. I've never seen an ABR up close. I have replaced the saddles on my 2006 SG Standard and have seen the little wires to hold the saddles in place. The ones that came with my new saddles were a pain to get in, so I ended up having to reuse some of the old ones.

    Thanks for the quick responses.
     

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