We make these in house, right here in rockin’ Indiana, USA, out of .071″ 6Al-4V Class 5 Titanium alloy. The rear lip is specially bent so it lays back by about 5 degrees from vertical and the top corners are also gently rounded, for a smooth feel against your muting hand. Compared to a steel MIM 3-hole bridge plate that’s on our shop bench, this Titanium Hardtail Bridge Plate weighs 60% less! (23g vs. 57g)
Titanium is impervious to salt water and can be substituted for stainless steel, with a 200% strength improvement. Compared to 6061 aluminum, titanium is about 60% more dense but twice as strong. In addition, titanium is also biocompatible (it is non-toxic and is not rejected by the body), which makes it a good choice for jewelry or body piercings for people with allergies.