Posted on January 12, 2010March 3, 2022 by Dale Phillips Review: Archtop Guitar Master Class Series Part 1: Focusing on Bridges and Tailpieces by Bob Benedetto Review: Archtop Guitar Master Class Series Part 1: Focusing on Bridges and Tailpieces by Bob Benedetto Reviewed by John Calkin Originally published in American Lutherie #64, 2000 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Six, 2013 Video: Archtop Guitar Master Class Series Part 1: Focusing on Bridges and Tailpieces Bob Benedetto, 1999 As a hard-core advocate of video learning, I wish I could give this tape the hearty recommendation I gave to Benedetto’s multi-tape series about archtop construction. I’d like to confess that I’m not a builder of archtops, nor do I intend to become one, so it’s likely that I’m not the best judge of advanced information about the subject. It seems to me, however, that there just isn’t $40 worth of information here. There’s an unwritten rule that a reviewer should never divulge so much that the reader feels justified in not making a purchase, but just for one time I’m going to violate that rule. Here’s the gist of this video: First, the break angle of the strings as they pass over the bridge has nothing to do with the tension of the playing length of the string, nor does the length of the string between the bridge and the tailpiece. Second, the standard Gibson-style adjustable bridge is the appropriate one for the archtop guitar, and any change to its footprint or the adjustment mechanism is bound to have an adverse effect upon the tone and/or volume of the guitar. Third, metal tailpieces by their very nature damage the tone of archtop guitars. Why are these things true? They just are, that’s all. The video isn’t much more specific than that. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.