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Plate Mate

Plate Mate

Plate Mate 2-1/8" string spread

2-1/8" string spread

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Plate Mate

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Quick fix for a worn bridge plate! Guards against the eventual wear of ball-end strings on the bridge plate holes beneath the soundboard.

The Plate Mate helps prevent costly bridge plate replacement. This simple .032" brass plate is held in place by the strings and the supplied adhesive backing. Players have also noted enhanced tone and improved tuning stability after installation.


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5.0

Should be in every guitar

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You can't help not damaging the bridge plate over time just replacing strings. Platemate is an easy way to repair this before it becomes an expensive repair. Put one in a new guitar and don't worry about damaging your bridge plate. I put one in every guitar I have. I wish Stew Mac stocked every size.

5.0

Brilliant DIY worn bridge plate solution

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My 1990 Martin strings and pins had become problematic removing and installing. The BridgeMate solved those issues. It's like changing strings on a new guitar
Easy to follow instructions. Removable if needed. No discernable sound change.

5.0

This Thing Works

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I've used two of these Plate Mate units now. This first on a 1946 J45, the second on a sixties J200. On both guitars the ball ends of the strings had sunk deep into the bridge plate. This device fixes that problem instantly. The interesting thing is that on both guitars it added a bit of top end shimmer to the sound, particularly on the J200. It reminds me of what you hear coming from a Larson Brothers guitar. No loss of bass or mids. Simple, easy, love it.

5.0

Great

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Does what is supposed to do. My guitar is now more resonant. Good investment.

5.0

9 years, still working well.

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1988 Martin HD28. Bridge cracked, and hairline crack between holes in bridge plate. Replaced the cracked bridge, and added a Plate Mate as I didn't want to remove/replace the bridge plate. It has been 9 years, and the hairline bridge plate crack has not moved, guitar sounds as good as ever.

5.0

Saved me from a bridge plate replacement.

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My "D" string ball end had completely buried itself in the in the bridge plate. Some of the other strings had made their way close to that point. This quickly solved that problem. It did slightly change the sound, but I actually like it better. The tuning is more stable. I think the adhesive on the tape should be stronger as it did not adhere very well on its own. Some of the reviewers think that cost is an issue, but the time saved repairing this problem more than covers the cost.

5.0

Easy Fix

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Before I used my Plate Mate I mixed Spruce dust with wood glue and filed the string holes up to the bridge. I put a backing on the bridge plate so I could force the dust/glue mixture into the wear gaps between the string holes of the bridge plate. Once dried I sanded smooth. This gave me a pretty solid bridge plate. I then bored the string holes. My Hondo H-21F had 2.5" string spacing but, the four inner string holes match perfectly. I made a small notch on the outside of the E holes for fit. Now I installed the Plate Mate for a strong, sturdy and long lasting bridge plate. It sounds awesome. Very lively. Thanks StewMac!

5.0

Good Product.

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My 1964 Martin D-28 still has a good bridgeplate but I wanted to make sure that it stayed that way. The Plate Mate is good insurance. It can also extend the life of a worn bridgeplate.
As mentioned in another review, the peel-off contact paper that is on the Plate Mate is not sufficient to hold it in place while the unit is being installed, especially if you have a worn bridgeplate. I used a dab of Weldwood contact cement on each side of the Plate Mate and that held the unit in place during installation.
The only real negative that I would offer is the price. Considering what you receive, it's a bit much but then what isn't these days. All in all, I give the Plate Mate 5 stars.

5.0

Insurance

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Having owned guitars with internal injuries from bad re-string jobs, I look at a Plate Mate as cheap insurance.
Why wouldn’t you install one?

5.0

Plate Mate saves the day!

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I have a beloved Martin SP000-16T that had a torn out bridge plate from ball end strings. It got worse over the years so I placed the guitar on injured reserves and quit playing it. Then I heard about Plate Mate. I ordered one along with oversized bridge pins and the tapered pin reamer to set them. It all worked! The bridge plate problem is solved forever for $25 and my new pearl-dot bridge pins fit their holes perfectly. Now I'll order one for another Martin 000 so the bridge plate never tears out. Maybe all new guitars should come with it. Life is good again. Highly recommend.

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