and Hybrids are "Tailpiece" guitars
Strings originate at the
headstock, land on the bridge and end at the tailpiece.
In this case the distribution of energy is almost
entirely downward. The strings exert an up and
down force on the soundboard. The path of the
string's pull describes a shallow triangle... the apex
is the top of the bridge and the base of the triangle is
the guitar body. Forces present are, in a sense,
holding the guitar together as opposed to trying to tear
For a standard
sound must find its way through a saddle, bridge and six
pins... a total of eight "things" that can effect sound.
For a Tailpiece guitar with a one-piece carved
bridge, sound goes directly into the soundboard
with nothing else in the way.