I added a plate mate to an old Silvertone 621 guitar I am restoring and converting to left hand. Not only does it improve the sound and tone of the guitar, but it really adds stability to the string end and helps in tuning as well. Of course it will also protect the wood from being gradually chewed away by the string ferrule. It was easier to install than I thought. Highly recommended for any acoustic.
I have an old S S Stewart jumbo acoustic that the bridge plate was worn and the strings almost came back through the holes. The windings near the ball ends were at the saddle and it was a problem. Adding this plate and doing the extra ball end to each string has fixed it and I think improved the sound as well. I wonder if the plate was a little thicker if I wouldn't need the extra ball end. Just a thought but it worked for be, beats having a new bridge plate installed!!!!
I have used a few of these for cost-effective repair solutions. Easy to install and makes the customer happy.
My only complaint is while there is a spacing available for every guitar I have needed one for, they don't make one for the C-shaped layout you find on some guitars like some Taylors.
I bought a well used 1977 Alvarez 5056 and the bridge pin holes were so chipped out on the bottom I could not tune up some of the strings without the pins popping out. I ordered a plate mate and some new bone bridge pines. The plate mate was easy to install and that solved the problem. The combination of the bridge plate and the bone pins that I purchased from Stewmac made this guitar sound every bit as good or better than my two Gibsons or my two Breedloves.
I've used this product several times as an acceptable fix for acoustic bridge plate(s) that have some minor infractions to the wood. Using the Plate Mate as a cost effective repair pleased the customer and improved the sound & stability of the guitar. Thus, a success for our shop in using this product.
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