Added voulume, sustain, tone, on my Sigma and something else for my Lone Star Ibanez!
I tried a set of these on a Sigma D-16 Japanese Anniversary model, all hard wood guitar, after they failed to work on a Guild that was in bad need of repair(s). At one time, I had installed a brass nut, brass saddle & brass bridge pins on the guitar, with a brass bridge saver plate, to make it as loud and imposing as possible. Later, I put the (legal) ivory, and Micarta back on it, and removed the brass bridge saver, & I took it back to stock, Martin materials. These Power Pins were an easy install, and I got more volume, better sustain, and I retained a lot of the Martin sound too.. Changing strings is nice too. Fiddling with bridge pins in a city park, by a train station, at night, is a recipe for disaster. I have lost bridge pins, and of course those Gibson Tune-O-Matic saddles, when changing or replacing broken strings. Try finding a Lose-O-Matic saddle on a dark stage while everyone is watching and waiting. Black bridge pins are almost as much fun to find in the dark too. These Power Pins completely eliminate that problem. If you do not like what The Power Pins do for your tone, removing them is as easy as installing them and it restores over 99% of all acoustic guitars back to 100% original. That is always a huge plus, in my book! Make sure you have enough saddle sticking up to use these, or they will not work very well. About the ONLY reason you will EVER have too low a saddle for the Power Pins to work, is if your guitar is in need of repair(s). (Either the bridge is pulling up, and or the neck needs a reset) The other reason would be having a top loading bridge, like on an Ovation. I don't have enough space to say how great these worked on my Ibanez Lone Star hybrid electric acoustic. That guitar is very unique, and only about 375 were sold in the USA. I chose it over a Taylor T5. Yes, money was a factor, but not the only factor. The Powerpins make that Lone Star really sparkle, with tone, timbre, sustain, responsiveness, etc. Installing them was a real bear, but a Lone Star is not anything like normal acoustic guitar. They are thinline bodies, with massive egg crate bracing, and a tiny access panel.
Reviewed by: Seth Burgin from Tested in Chama New Mexico.