Designed to take full advantage of the resonant properties of our guitars, the PRS Stoptail Bridge provides direct transmission of string vibration to the guitar body and makes set-up a breeze. First used in 1991 on the PRS Dragon I guitar it now appears on almost half of all PRS guitars sold. This bridge features slots that recess the strings comfortably as they pass over the top, in a gentle curve. Although it is pre-compensated for modern string gauges, fine-tuning is possible by adjusting the set screws at each end of the bridge.
Tuning and Set-Up Hints
Action height is adjustable by raising or lowering the studs that the bridge sits on.
To adjust the mounting studs, first detune the instrument to relieve all possible string tension on the bridge. Next, using a Quarter, perform the necessary height adjustments to the bridge. Then, retune the guitar. Bear in mind that the brass studs are a soft metal that could be prone to marring if adjustments are made too forcefully. Intonation can be adjusted using the two allen set screws facing the tail end of the guitar.
A strobe tuner or other electronic tuning device should be used.
Match the octave (fretted) note of the first and sixth strings with their corresponding 12th fret open harmonics by shortening or lengthening the strings with the adjusting screws using the allen wrench provided. Start with the treble side and then go to the bass side, return to the treble side for one last check. The other four strings are present and will intonate correctly provided a conventionally gauged string set with a plain third (G) string is used.
Use of a wound third string is not recommended with this bridge.
When setting the action at the 12th fret the string height should be 2/32" on the treble side to 5/64" on the bass side. Remember to tune and retune until the process is complete. If you are unfamiliar with making these adjustments, we recommend that the guitar be taken to a qualified repair center.