Tune-o-Matic Bridge  Tuna Matic

Tune-o-Matic Bridge

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The original Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge is probably the best sounding best working bridge that was ever designed.  Almost every company that builds a quality guitar uses some variation of the original Tune-o-Matic bridge. Even PRS used them up until 1991, Currently the are using a much cheaper one piece wraparound unit that reminds me of the old Leo Quan Badass Bridge from the 70's. Gibson still uses them but they are no longer using the German made Schaller, Gibson opted for a less expensive version of the Tune-O-Matic made in Korea.

The Tune-O-Matic may be the best bridge that ever was available but it still wasn't perfect. One of the inherent problems was every time you changed your strings, the bridge & tailpiece unit would fall off the guitar. Unless you were incredibly careful you could easily have to reset your thumb wheels and possibly redo the intonation.

Recently a Seattle based company "Tone/Pros" made some vast improvements on the Tune-o-Matic.

1, The Bridge & Tailpiece locks tightly on the studs preventing them from from falling off and causing your settings to get changed.

2, More important the TonePros unit actually makes your guitar sound better. It increases the sustain dramatically and the tone is noticeably better also.

When Paul Reed Smith put out his Les Paul Style Single Cut model in 1999. The biggest mistake was not using the Tune-O-Matic bridge. I didn't like the way the guitar looked anyway and I hated the neck heel.

If he had used a better bridge it might have at least been acceptable to a Les Paul player. All the other High end guitar companies I carry except Warrior have switched to the TonePros. QuicksilverJETGene Baker. Companies who are not using the TonePros are guilty of Cost cutting.

I have built and retopped a number of PRS guitar bodies as special orders for customers. On 98% of them I have switched the bridge to the TonePros Tune-O-Matic.  See Picture Below



These are NOT PRS Guitars
These are custom made bodies built by Ed Roman Guitars
These are Specifically made for players who require a better bridge than what PRS offers.
These guitar bodies are made just like a Quicksilver they are aftermarket replacement PRS bodies


Stock PRS Guitars (Look at that ugly huge heel) Ouch !!!
There is no easy way to switch to a Tune-O-Matic without removing the top !!!

Heritage guitars when purchased from me all come equipped with the Tune-o-Matic Bridge.

Heritage does not normally use the Tune-O-Matic they use the Roll-O-Matic which isn't as good.

The Roll-o-Matic doesn't sustain as well as the Tune-o-Matic.

The story I have been told is, when Gibson sued Heritage back in the mid 80's, the settlement agreement was that Heritage would not use similar pickguards to Gibson or the Tune-O-Matic Bridge.

(Gibson did everything they could to try to put Heritage under)