Schaller Germany Hannes Fixed Piezo Loaded Bridge, Ruthenium 12020600
Genuine Schaller Hannes 6-String Fixed Bridge with Piezo, Ruthenium, Made in Germany
Manufacturers Part Number : 12020600
This is the piezo loaded version Schaller's premium Hannes fixed bridge. It contains many innovations -
- Each string is fed via a separate coupler unit individually adjustable in terms of intonation and height (saddle/string plate)..
- The individual couplers lie flat on the guitar surface.
- The bridge unit vibratory mass has been minimized.
- The bridge is low-maintenance and is comfortable to play.
- Works with most preamps, including the Schaller Flagship preamp system
- The Hannes Piezo is immune to mechanical wear and corrosion
- Unlike metal-based piezo systems and the widely known problems they are plagued with the Schaller Hannes Piezo bridge is constructed differently - and for good reasons.
- The piezo is installed deep into the saddle unit from underneath. Since neither string nor strumming hand gets in contact with the piezo mechanical wear and tear is never going to be an issue.
- Each individual piezo it is hermetically sealed in its slot. Since sweat and moisture will never get in touch with the piezo crystal the system withstands the common threats of moisture i.e. corrosion and short circuits.
This new high-tech guitar bridge was developed over a number of years by Roland Hannes, a French inventor now living in California. Thanks to a partnership formed together with the world’s most renowned hardware manufacturer, Schaller GmbH
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The Hannes is a splendid fusion of innovation and tone with superb German quality. It's by far the most comfortable bridge on the market to play; it has touch-friendly material and smooth surfaces with no edges to snag your fingers.
Tonally, the Hannes has the perfect blend of acoustic properties from all current bridge designs; with detailed highs, fast attack and a well-defined, powerful and harmonic sound.
The Schaller Hannes® bridge can be fitted to any guitar, provided that the body is flat at the point where the bridge is to be placed.
The saddles for the Hannes were developed in close collaboration with Graph Tech. They are made of a special compound material containing Teflon, which is a highly effective lubricant (one of the most effective in the world), and it dramatically reduces saddle-related string breakage since no sharp edges can form on the saddles due to wear. This patented saddle material measurably increases the instrument's sustain by up to 25% compared to brass and steel.
On the Hannes, the saddles have a large surface area resting on the guitar's body, and are separated from one another by the bridge's construction. This physical difference in the saddle, compared to all other available saddles on the market manifests itself in a significant increase in dynamic response that can be heard and felt.
- String spacing E-e 54mm,
- String spacing individual 10,8mm,
- String radius 0“,
- Minimal G/d string height above body 10,3mm,
- Maximum string gauge 98,
- Weight 156g with accessories
- 1 Bridge
- 1 string mounting bar,
- 2 wood screws LK 2.2x9.5,
- 2 mounting screws SK M5x50,
- 2 screw sockets (13.0 mm),
- 3 Allen keys (2.0/2.5/3.0 mm)
- Piezo cable length of 200mm
- Multi-connector with a cable-length of 150mm
Also available with regular rather than piezo saddles and in 7 and 8 string formats. Available in all Schaller finishes (Nickel, Chrome, Satin Chrome, Black Chrome, Gold, Ruthenium, Satin Pearl and Vintage Copper)
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The Schaller Hannes® Bridge Innovations in Detail
Each string is fed via a separate coupler which is individually adjustable in terms of intonation and height
While conventional guitar bridges feed all six strings via a common carrier, be it a Tune-O-Matic bridge or bridges with an integrated base plate, Schaller’s Hannes® bridge follows a new logic.
With this revolutionary concept, each string is fed via a separate coupler unit with individually adjustable intonation and height. It lies directly on the guitar surface and is free of intermediate elements such as stud screws, threaded studs or metal plates. This decouples the vibration of the individual strings from the neighboring strings, allowing it to be transferred directly and independently to the guitar body.
The advantage of this system over those where all of the vibrating strings share a common carrier, is obvious:
If the strings are in a common carrier, then each of the individual vibrations is subject to the physical influence of the other vibrating strings in the group, thus compromising their harmonious response. This has undesirable crosstalk effects - the acoustic energy between the strings is nullified and/or, alternately, strengthened.
Not so with Schaller’s Hannes® bridge. Here, every string vibrates on its own because all of the transfer points, namely the bridge, are consistently decoupled from one another. This improves the harmony response and the “string-to-string definition”.
The individual bridges lie flat on the guitar surface.
A further improvement over conventional designs is the larger contact surface over which the vibrations are carried from the bridge to the body. Depending on the design, the coupling with conventional bridges is via tiny stud screws or knife edge tabs only. Therefore, these types of small transfer surfaces are also known as “micro-coupling”.
In this context, if you consider the classic string instrument construction which has been based for centuries on the ideal vibration coupling of string and body, the generous dimensions of the contact surface between the bridge and the top makes sense. This is precisely the case with the most expensive jazz guitars, and with good reason!
Here, too, Schaller’s Hannes® bridge offers a true innovation:
Despite being individually adjustable for height and length (octave clarity), the couplers lie flat and stable on the guitar surface and thus ensure the optimal transfer of the entire vibration spectrum to the instrument. Micro-coupling causes inadequate transfer of those very deep frequencies in particular, which are considered essential in electric guitars today. With this, Schaller’s Hannes® bridge is an innovation you can truly hear.
The bridge unit vibratory mass has been minimized.
Inventor Roland Hannes took another step towards further optimizing the acoustic responsiveness. He addressed the issue of mass – that means the reduction of the vibratory mass of the bridge unit. His findings: the lower the vibratory mass, the quicker the tuning process and the lower the loss in the transfer of the sound spectrum to the instrument, from the lowest frequencies right up to the harmonics. The result is a direct, audible and tangible gain in dynamics.
His quest took him to the Canadian company Graph Tech.
Hence the use of the latest composite material – heat-treated high-performance polymers with Teflon, known as “String Saver” - a patented development by Graph Tech. This revolutionary new composite material provides a further elementary advantage in addition to the remarkably low specific weight of 1.75 g/ccm* along with its tremendous rigidity and resistance.
Due to the incorporation of Teflon, the “String Saver” ensures astoundingly little friction on the string contact points, as if they were constantly being lubricated. The metal saddles generally used on guitar bridges (regardless of whether steel, aluminium or bronze) are not without their problems, because the strings gradually cut a narrow, sharp-edged groove in the surface, in which they ultimately become caught and can break as a result of fatigue fractures.
The “String Saver” string bridge’s lower friction counters the much feared risk of broken strings very effectively. At the same time the sustain, i.e. the reverberation of the vibrating strings against the steel saddles, is extended by about 15%, and by about 25% when compared to bronze saddles.
The bridge is low-maintenance and comfortable to play.
The design of Schaller’s Hannes® bridge means that it has no protruding screws, edges or spikes at all and the flat design guarantees outstanding playing comfort. Unlike coated metals, the surface is comfortably warm and completely resistant to the usual problems like hand perspiration and oxidation. At the same time, the use of Teflon means that the bridge offers a high degree of tuning stability.
Unlike with metal feeds, the strings can no longer become caught in grooves (one of the most proven frequent causes of tuning problems).
The revolutionary and consistent “form follows function” design available in Nickel, Chrome, Satin Chrome, Black Chrome, Gold, Ruthenium, Satin Pearl and Vintage Copper also ensures an image which is as contemporary as it is future-oriented.
In conclusion, it must be mentioned that the bridge does not require any notches on the body surface at all. It is easily dismantled for cleaning and needs only a small perforated rail on the rear of the body to fix the ball ends of the strings, as well as two lock screws in order to secure is tightly