The patented modification is a reimagining of the classic stop bar fitted with Tune-O-Matic type bridges.
With original stop bars, there is a compromise, whichever way they are fitted. A lot of players prefer to bolt the stop bar down to the body but this causes a harsh string angle with excess pressure applied to the bridge, often resulting in high string tension and string breakage at the saddles. If the stop bar is raised, there is the potential of decreased sustain that can cause some intonation issues. Occasionally, players will employ a technique known as 'Top Wrapping' where the strings are passed backwards through the holes and over the top of the bar to the bridge. This can be effective in decreasing the break angle and string tension and it even allows the bar to be lowered to the body. However, it also ends up with damage to the top of the stop bar and the twisted ends of the strings are exposed which can feel quite uncomfortable and the look can be off putting for many. The Lightning Stop Bar has all the benefits of top wrapping without the damage or aesthetic issues. The Lightning Stop Bar can be positioned as low as it can go, your usual gauge strings will feel lighter and easier to play and are a lot less likely to break and moving up to a heavier gauge string set will feel about a gauge lighter too.