design...delivering energy to the soundboard
Tailpiece/floating bridge hybrid guitar creates sound in a much
different way than a Flattop/push-pin guitar.
Tailpiece/floating bridge hybrid guitar
The strings push down on a one-piece ebony bridge so the
soundboard is excited in a predominantly up & down motion. The
tension of the strings is distributed in a loop, actually a pyramid.
From headstock to bridge, to tailpiece and the return is up the back
of the guitar to the neck.
When a string is plucked, it is
pulling up on the top and at the same time jerking it sideways.
For a Flattop, the energy of the string must pass through the
saddle, the bridge and down into the body secured by a push pin.
If you count it all up, that is eight components affecting the
It seems impossible not to conclude that
the Flattop gets the lion's share of it's wash of overtones from the
way the strings join the soundboard and likewise, the
Tailpiece/floating bridge guitar gets its strong projection and
lack of overtones from the way it delivers excitement
from its floating bridge. I have noted that if two acoustic
guitars have the same body shape and one is Flattop and the other is
Tailpiece/floating bridge, the Tailpiece guitar will deliver
significantly more volume. Conclusion... the tailpiece guitar
is more efficient in terms of converting kinetic energy into sound.
It might not be the kind of sound you want but most certainly there
is more there to start with.