Part of many stringed musical instruments, bridges raise the strings up such that they can be strummed, plucked or bowed effectively by the player. Although these parts are usually made by the instrument maker, a bridge manufacturer will also make spares so that they can be replaced later in the instrument's life. A typical bridge manufacturer will make bridges suited to a number of acoustic stringed instruments, such as violins, banjos, mandolins and violas. These sorts of devices tend to be held in stock by a bridge dealer as spares because they are not fixed in place on the instrument but only held in position under the tension of the strings. As such, their position can easily be altered, helping to adjust the action of the string's position relative to the finger board. They can, however, also easily be damaged or lost. On the other hand, a bridge manufacturer who specialises with acoustic guitar bridges will make products which are permanently fixed in placed on a bridge mounting by glue. These can usually only be fitted by skilled repair professionals such as which can be found using

Bridges that are made for electric guitars tend to differ somewhat. Along with other electric instruments, their bridges tend to be made of steel and can be adjusted under various mechanisms by players so that the relative tensions of individual strings can be fine-tuned. A typical design will allow the section under a string to move back and forth under a screw thread that is adjusted by a hexagonal key, for example. Acoustic bridges are usually made of wood or plastic and change the intonation of all of the instrument's strings when their position is altered. New bridge ideas are always in development and the creators of these can be discovered at

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