Types of guitar bridges explained

Close up of a wraparound guitar bridge
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Understanding the components of your guitar is all part of learning the instrument and is just as important as chord shapes, scales, what pedals do, and the different types of amplifiers. Knowing the types of guitar bridges available to you will help inform your next purchase or upgrade, allowing you to select the bridge type that will best suit your playing style.

In this article we're going to take you through the majority of guitar bridges you'll come across in the wild west of guitars, from hardtails to roller bridges and everything in between. We'll show you the pros and cons of each so you can better understand what's best for your personal playing style. At the end of the article we've also highlighted some of our top picks for guitar bridges if you're looking to upgrade.

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and writing and recording in bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at.