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The old style for guitars
Through Saddle
© Frank Ford, 9/11/98 Photos by FF

A steel string guitar bridge is said to have a "long" or "through" saddle if the saddle fits into a groove cut all the way through at the ends of the bridge:

Martin guitars from the 1920s to 1960s were made with this type of saddle.

Cutting the saddle all the way through at the ends causes the bridge to be a bit weaker, so the saddle is customarily was glued in place.

By contrast, this bridge has a "blind" saddle:

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