Tune-o-matic Bridge For Archtop Guitar

Tune-o-matic Bridge For Archtop Guitar

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Tune-o-matic Bridge For Archtop Guitar  Chrome on Rosewood

Chrome on Rosewood

Item # 3959
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Tune-o-matic Bridge For Archtop Guitar  Gold on Rosewood

Gold on Rosewood

Item # 3959-G
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Tune-o-matic Bridge For Archtop Guitar  Chrome on Ebony

Chrome on Ebony

Item # 3961
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Tune-o-matic Bridge For Archtop Guitar  Gold on Ebony

Gold on Ebony

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$49.23

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Tune-o-matic Bridge For Archtop Guitar

About This Item

Tune-o-matic mounted on top of a tonewood base. The ideal upgrade for more accurate intonation on archtop and semi-hollow electrics.

  • String spread 2-1/32"
    (51.59mm)
  • Saddle radius 14"
    (356mm)
  • Post spacing 2-29/32"
    (73.82mm)
  • Post threads M4 x 0.7

The height is thumbwheel-adjustable from approximately 7/8" to 1-1/4" (22.23mm to 31.75mm). Saddles are pre-slotted and adjustable to set accurate string intonation.

About bridge & tailpiece measurements

Bridge and Tailpiece reference image

String spread is the distance between the centers of the outer strings on a bridge or tailpiece.

Saddle radius determines the arc formed by all the individual saddle heights, and is similar to the measurement of a fretboard.

Stud/post spacing is the distance between the centers of the mounting posts of a bridge or 'stop' tailpiece.

Positioning the bridge
Find bridge placement for any scale with our free online tool fret position calculator.


    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 3959
    • 0.160 lbs. (0.07 kg)
    • 3959-G
    • 0.150 lbs. (0.07 kg)
    • 3961
    • 0.160 lbs. (0.07 kg)
    • 3961-G
    • 0.160 lbs. (0.07 kg)

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5.0

Gambled for a replacement Harmony bridge - Great results!

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Used as a replacement bridge for Harmony H1213 Archtop that will be using electric guitar strings.
It fit the curved body delightfully well. Tone has brightened, is more distinct, resonates robustly and can stay in tune a lot longer since replacement.
Being a fixer upper guitar I still have to replace the nut, but will have one cut to match the possible new string spacing.
Chrome is of great quality and bridge pieces look sturdy.
Observation: thought the rosewood felt light and a little brittle, but unsure if this is common with this wood type/bridges of this nature due to first ever archtop tune o matic bridge purchase.
Completely happy with this purchase.

4.0

Nice upgrade

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Verified Buyer


Bought the ebony/gold model to replace the stock bridge on a new Joe Pass Emperor. Nice bridge, but a couple of the saddle screws were a little stiff to turn in some directions (with no tension). I ended up moving the saddles around to face the same direction and to have adjustment screws facing the tail piece. No big deal, this was the configuration that suited my needs best, and it is a simple procedure. I also had to sand the base of the bridge to better match the contour of the top. I did this following instructions on the Stewmac site - nice to have these resources available. The saddle radius is 14 inches, but this still worked out alright with my 12 inch radius fret board. No buzzing with the D or G strings so no need to adjust saddle slot depths. As others have mentioned, metal saddles brighten up the tone compared to an all wood system, but this is okay for me since this guitar is meant to be played through an amp. I can control my electric sound and I prefer to have more intonation control. All in all a nice upgrade, and the gold and ebony match perfectly with the Emperor hardware.

5.0

Great replacement! Fast turnaround time!

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Verified Buyer


Love the bridge. It's everything I was expecting. Great price and very fast delivery!

5.0

Tune-o-matic Bridge

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Verified Buyer


Great product. Very happy with it..

5.0

Perfect for a '69 Guild Starfire V

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Verified Buyer


A customer brought in his '69 Starfire V which needed a fret dressing and a set up badly. With the original cast aluminum rocker bridge and extra light .009" - .042" strings this guitar really never intonated well and tuning stability wasn't very good. The only thing the customer liked about the rocker bridge was the low .60" action over the 12th fret he was getting. Basically, dressing the frets and setting this guitar up was going to be wasted of time and money if the original rocker bridge was going to be used with extra light strings. I opted for the Tunomatic Archtop Bridge. I measured the overall height of the original rocker bridge the way the customer had it set and compared that to the height of the Tunomatic Archtop Bridge at it's lowest possible setting - literally half of the the thickness of the thumbwheels made the new bridge too tall. No worries - I selected a forstner bit just a tad bigger than the diameter of the thumbwheels and bored out the rosewood base on my drill press. The tunomatic now rests completely flat across the center of the rosewood base as well as both thumbwheels. This was just enough to get the action where the customer likes it once the rosewood base compressed under string tension. Tuning stability, intonation, acoustic volume and sustain are greatly improved. The photo shows the thumbwheels are sitting slightly into the rosewood base.

5.0

Brought life and tuning stability to my '65 Guild Starfire

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Verified Buyer


Great product, fast shipping, could not be happier!

5.0

Great, I really like tune - o - matic archtop Gold on Ebony Bridge.

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Verified Buyer


This bridge is great, I think it gives the hollow body more of a hard body sound. I put it on an L5. I think this bridge makes tuning the guitar more tunable.

5.0

Arch Top & Radius!!!

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Verified Buyer


I bought this tune-o-matic option for an Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor, and with very little adjustment I have a much brighter and intonation accurate arch top sound! As a player I really appreciate what StewMac has done to enable me to work easily on my own guitars...Awesome Company!!

5.0

Archtop Tune-o-matic

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Verified Buyer


I bought this for my Ibanez AF-155. It brightened the tone greatly, in a good way. The wood bridge sounded muddled, this is much clearer but still warm sounding. It fit on the wood base already on the guitar which was much nicer. The gold really makes the guitar look sharp as well.

5.0

Nice sustain & well balanced tone

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I bought this to replace a wood bridge on my Cort Yorktown hollow body guitar. I was looking for more sustain and possibly brighter tone. This bridge delivered excellent giving the guitar a very well balanced tone with plenty of sustain. It slid easily on to my existing rosewood base, which is a nicer one than the one that came with this bridge. Intonates perfectly and the action seems lower and smoother than with my original wood bridge. Beautiful tone, no rattles. Looks fantastic (Gold to match hardware).

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