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"Power Pins" anyone?

OK, so I'm always a little naturally suspicious of anything that changes the physics of the guitar as we know it.

Recently there's been a decent advertising splash in the guitar mags for "Power Pins" manufactured by Bigrock Engineering, that describe a new way to anchor strings to the bridge.  A big benefit is said to be the protection of the bridgeplate.

In one of their…


Posted on October 24, 2013 at 10:37am

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At 9:45am on May 28, 2010, Joshua Levin-Epstein said…
Hi Mike,

Glad things worked out. See you around the "campus".

At 9:57am on May 30, 2010, Jeffrey L. Suits said…
Hi, Mike-

My real email is:, that'll work better.

Jeff S.
At 8:14pm on November 15, 2010, Paul Verticchio said…
Hi Mike.

I couldn't find a US or Canadian source for Evolon.

If you locate one, could you pass the source info on to me?

Thx much,
Paul Verticchio
Guitar Improvements LTD
Jacksonville, IL
At 11:33pm on June 14, 2011, Grahame Myers said…
Thanks for the nice words Mike, the new picture is of me playing the Martin D-35 I re-built a while ago, but I had to laugh as I read your comment about the old picture. "Frumpy?" I can't win whatever I do, I'm the least photogenic person in the world :-) Like we say in England "You can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear" Take care
At 2:12pm on February 10, 2014, Andrew said…
Certainly certainly. The top plate is quilted sapele and the body wings are quartersawn sapele and black walnut stringers.
At 2:45pm on October 21, 2014, Richard Bales said…

Tell us about the 3-string bass!

At 5:05pm on October 21, 2014, Richard Bales said…

Oh that's just a whack of fun!  Thanks for the response and the fun.

At 5:16pm on November 20, 2014, David Farmer said…

Thanks Mike, that's what I was hoping to hear about. Balancing the vac output with the multiple small hoses. I'm about to order some Loc-Line parts and was thinking maybe 3/8"  diam or even bigger. I notice Frank's rig has 4 lines on a side. seems like any more would get crowded. that's why I was thinking bigger.

I think it's impossible to evaporate water that fast. The idea is to keep the temperature down. I've been using a hokey vinyl hose with holes arrangement I'm looking to improve on.

I'll keep you posted

At 9:50am on September 18, 2015, Dennis Boring said…

Thank you Mike for your interest in my fretted fingerboard project. My final comments are not directed at you personally and I want you to know I respect your abilities and thoughts. It just pisses me off when someone like me (a noob) comes onto a board like this asking for some thoughts and guidance and get crap like I did from the so-called experts.

I now realize that very few if any of the members here actually venture out into the violin world at all, why should they...there's a ton of guitars out there that need specialized service and care & attention.

Your remarks have been very decent and inquiring and I thank you for your time.


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