Sales: parts and tools - bridge pins

Nicely fitting bridge pins can make a noticeable improvement to the sound and appearance of a guitar. I sell two ranges - 5 degree taper pins fit most modern acoustic guitar bridges, whilst 3 degree are preferred by some high end luthiers and were usual on pre-2002 Collings and pre-1994 Martins.

Both slotted and unslotted versions are available in some designs. Slotted pins are more commonly used, but unslotted are suitable where the bridge is slotted to receive the string. Some luthiers and players believe that by slotting the bridge and using an unslotted pin you create greater coupling between the string, pin, bridge plate and soundboard, which improves tone. Others are less convinced!

Ebony and bone are old favourites. Buffalo horn provides the density of bone but 'in black.' Snakewood is a beautiful wood which originates mostly in Suriname, South America. The specific gravity is around 1.2, making it one of the world's hardest woods. It's ideal for bridge pins.

I also usually have some oversized pins.

Abalone, paua and mother of pearl dots can be inlaid in the pins of your choice - let me know what you are looking for.

I'm not going to list everything I stock or can obtain here, so please feel free to contact me if you're looking for something.

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  Bridge pins - 5 degree

Bridge pins - 3 degree


Bridge pins - 5 degree

Nicely fitting bridge pins can make a noticeable improvement to the sound of a guitar. These are standard 5 degree taper, to fit most modern bridges. Martins have used 5 degree pins since 1994, as have Collings since 2002. The slotted versions have a 0.070" (1.78mm) string slot. I can also supply unslotted versions, and oversize pins for older bridges. I try to keep the more popular ones always in stock.

Bone pins can produce a slightly brighter than wooden pins. Ebony is an all-time favourite, and snakewood is a hardwood from Surinam which turns and polishes well.
Bridge pin dimensions

Bone Bridge Pins, 5 degree Bone, slotted, abalone dot, 5 degree 45.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm
Bone Bridge Pins, 5 degree Bone, slotted, black dot, 5 degree 42.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm
Bone Bridge Pins, 5 degree Bone, slotted, no dot, 5 degree 40.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm
Bone Bridge Pins, 5 degree Bone, slotted, no dot, oversized, 5 degree 40.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.235" 5.97mm
C: 0.150" 3.81mm

Unslotted Bone Bridge Pins, 5 degree Bone, unslotted, abalone dot, 5 degree 43.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm
Unslotted Bone Bridge Pins, 5 degree Bone, unslotted, black dot, 5 degree 41.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm
Unslotted Bone Bridge Pins, 5 degree Bone, unslotted, no dot, 5 degree 38.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm

Slotted Snakewood Bridge Pins, 5 degree Snakewood, slotted, abalone dot, 5 degree 22.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm
Slotted Snakewood Bridge Pins, 5 degree Snakewood, slotted, no dot, 5 degree 17.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm
Slotted Snakewood Bridge Pins, 5 degree Snakewood, slotted, pearl dot, 5 degree 21.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm

Slotted Ebony Bridge Pins, 5 degree Ebony, slotted, abalone dot, 5 degree 18.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm
Slotted Ebony Bridge Pins, 5 degree Ebony, slotted, no dot, 5 degree 13.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm
Slotted Ebony Bridge Pins, 5 degree Ebony, slotted, no dot, oversized, 5 degree 13.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.235" 5.97mm
C: 0.150" 3.81mm
Slotted Ebony Bridge Pins, 5 degree Ebony, slotted, pearl dot, 5 degree 17.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm

Unslotted Ebony Bridge Pins, 5 degree Ebony, unslotted, abalone dot, 5 degree 18.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm
Unslotted Ebony Bridge Pins, 5 degree Ebony, unslotted, no dot, 5 degree 13.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm
Unslotted Ebony Bridge Pins, 5 degree Ebony, unslotted, pearl dot, 5 degree 17.00
  A: 1.000" 25.40mm
B: 0.220" 5.59mm
C: 0.133" 3.38mm

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Bridge pins - 3 degree

Nicely fitting bridge pins can make a noticeable improvement to the sound and appearance of a guitar. 3 degree bridge pins can be used as replacements on many production guitars (Taylor and Far Eastern instruments, for example) and were standard on pre-1994 Martins and pre-2002 Collings guitars. Some high-end luthiers also prefer 3 degree pins.

Bone or buffalo horn pins can produce a slightly brighter than wooden pins. Ebony is an all-time favourite, and cocobolo is ideal if you want a 'rosewood-like' look. A Central American hardwood, it turns much better than most rosewoods and is less prone to splitting in use.

Bridge pin dimensions

Bone Bridge Pins, 3 degree Bone, slotted, abalone dot, 3 degree 33.00
  A: 0.944" 23.98mm
B: 0.208" 5.28mm
C: 0.169" 4.29mm
Bone Bridge Pins, 3 degree Bone, slotted, ebony dot, 3 degree 33.00
  A: 0.944" 23.98mm
B: 0.208" 5.28mm
C: 0.169" 4.29mm
Bone Bridge Pins, 3 degree Bone, slotted, no dot, 3 degree 28.00
  A: 0.944" 23.98mm
B: 0.208" 5.28mm
C: 0.169" 4.29mm

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Buffalo horn slotted bridge pins, 3 degree Buffalo horn, slotted, abalone dot, 3 degree 20.00
  A: 0.944" 23.98mm
B: 0.208" 5.28mm
C: 0.169" 4.29mm
Buffalo horn slotted bridge pins, 3 degree Buffalo horn, slotted, no dot, 3 degree 15.00
  A: 0.944" 23.98mm
B: 0.208" 5.28mm
C: 0.169" 4.29mm
Buffalo horn slotted bridge pins, 3 degree Buffalo horn, slotted, pearl dot, 3 degree 19.00
  A: 0.944" 23.98mm
B: 0.208" 5.28mm
C: 0.169" 4.29mm

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Ebony slotted bridge pins, 3 degree Ebony, slotted, abalone dot, 3 degree 14.00
  A: 0.080" 20.32mm
B: 0.210" 5.33mm
C: 0.180" 4.57mm
Ebony slotted bridge pins, 3 degree Ebony, slotted, no dot, 3 degree 9.00
  A: 0.080" 20.32mm
B: 0.210" 5.33mm
C: 0.180" 4.57mm
Ebony slotted bridge pins, 3 degree Ebony, slotted, pearl dot, 3 degree 14.00
  A: 0.080" 20.32mm
B: 0.210" 5.33mm
C: 0.180" 4.57mm

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Ebony unslotted bridge pins, 3 degree Ebony, unslotted, abalone dot, 3 degree 14.00
  A: 0.080" 20.32mm
B: 0.205" 5.21mm
C: 0.165" 4.19mm
Ebony unslotted bridge pins, 3 degree Ebony, unslotted, no dot, 3 degree 9.00
  A: 0.080" 20.32mm
B: 0.205" 5.21mm
C: 0.165" 4.19mm
Ebony unslotted bridge pins, 3 degree Ebony, unslotted, pearl dot, 3 degree 13.00
  A: 0.080" 20.32mm
B: 0.205" 5.21mm
C: 0.165" 4.19mm

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Cocobolo Bridge Pins, 3 degree Cocobolo, slotted, no dot, 3 degree 14.00
  A: 0.944" 23.98mm
B: 0.208" 5.28mm
C: 0.169" 4.29mm

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