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Classical guitar bridge
Tie Block
© Frank Ford, 9/6/98 Photos by FF

Slippery nylon classical guitar strings are tied onto the bridge around the upper portion which is specifically designed to grip the knot:

This "tie block" is frequently decorated with bone, ivory or plastic edges.

Sometimes the tie block has a cap of ebony or other hard dense material:

In either case, the upper corners of the block are made of very hard material and left quite square so they will resist wear from many years of string changing.

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