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EJ200 - 1997 Samick - Original Bridge Pins Wanted!!

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Hi forum friends!

I have an Epiphone EJ200 (Jumbo) Acoustic, Blonde with Gibson branding over the truss rod cover on the headstock.  It's a 1997 model made at the Samick plant in South Korea.

I am looking to buy some of the original bridge pins used in the guitar...or something near identical in appearance and dimension as well as hopefully sound!!

Two of the original bridge pins are currently superglued after snapping and all of them are quite worn and gnarled now so I fear they are rapidly giving up the ghost! I have spent a year trying to find pins that match but with no success. 

The pins are plastic, vintage yellowish colour with a black dot. For whatever reason the look and sound of the cheapish original pins are just perfect to  my eyes and ears! 

However I know that lots of EJ200 players swap out the original pins for superior ones.

Well, I would dearly love to buy those original bridge pins!

If there are any EJ200  (Samick plant build) owners that have upgraded their pins, or who know of anyone who has upgraded their pins, and are happy to sell the original pins then please let me know!

Or if anyone knows of replacement pins that match these then please do let me know! I'm in the UK but happy to purchase online from anywhere.

I don't mind experimenting with other bridge pin materials so open to any suggestions! I just find a lot of replacement pins are shorter in length with a much larger head and don't seem to sound, sit or look right on the guitar to me.

I have no idea what pins Epiphone used in the guitar but I cannot find matching ones for sale anywhere. I also have no idea what pins are used in the Gibson J200s but I haven't been able to track any of those down either.


Thanks in advance for any help with this!!




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Check Stewart MacDonald at www.stewmac.com.  They have some yellowed bridge pins with dots on the top that look quite similar.  They also have some non-yellowed ones also with the black dot on top.  Search “bridge pins” on their site.  They are a bit pricey, but look like what you are looking for.

Also if you check Amazon.com and search “bridge pins” you’ll find plastic pins with the dot on them., a lot cheaper.   

I wouldn’t worry about the length of a bridge pin.  The longer part on the longer pins do not really serve any purpose.  At least that’s been my experience.  What matters is how they fit into the hole in the bridge.  If they are too tight to reasonably fit in, taking a knife to slightly whittle the stem is quite easy.    My suggestion is to look for pins with the indentation for the string in them, although it isn’t necessarily necessary.  It just makes them fit better and easier to whittle down a bit if needed to make them fit.  

Hope this helps.


QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff




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Thanks for your help!

I have tried several other pins, including some from StewMac that looked similar to the originals in the guitar, but I just couldn't find anything that gave me the sound that the original ones do. 

Oh well. If I can't get hold of any unwanted originals then I'll just keep on hunting for replacements. But if anyone does have any unwanted original pins then please do let me know!!



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Hi. There was another reply to this post from someone who had upgraded their pins to bone and gave some info on this as well as offering me their original bridge pins. The post seems to have disappeared however!

For some reason I was unable to post a reply, I think it was part of some wider computer problems I was having.

That's resolved now so I'm back and asking if whoever offered me their pins still has them available I would love to take them up on the offer!

If anyone else has original pins from an Epiphone EJ200 (especially Samick) matching the ones from my post above please do let me know.


Huge thanks all and I hope everyone's safe, well and holding on to their sanity out there in these lockdown times! 

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No worries!  The health care work you’re doing is the most important thing.  Everything else is secondary.   And, everyone understands that.  But, do take care of yourself by not being so hard on yourself.  Plus it sounds like your pins are  on their way from Brucebubs .  

QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff

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UPDATE - I just got back from my local Post Office - The mail system is not accepting small parcels to the UK, there simply isn't enough international flights to support parcels ... so ... we have tried sending a small padded envelope to you as a 'letter'... hope that goes through the system.

Stay safe.

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@Brucebubs I really can't thank you enough for going to all of the trouble of sending me those pins, it's so good of you and I'm genuinely deeply touched by your generosity! Please let me reimburse you for the postage costs. Let me know what the cost was to send them and your email address and I'll send payment via PayPal. Sorry you had the issues at the Post Office, thanks for thinking on your toes and chancing a work-around, I'll let you know if and when the parcel arrives!! Apologies for seeming to ignore you before and huge thanks again for being so decent and generous about it all. 


@QuestionMark Thanks for your kind words and understanding. Apologies to everyone for dumping all of that onto the forum, I've never spoken about any of it before and it did make me realise I need to work at holding it together and get my thinking back on track. I was certainly feeling swamped by the pressures at work. I am feeling more in control in myself now though, so maybe this forum has helped in more ways than just obtaining some guitar pins!

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@Leonard McCoy  Well, I've been casually trying different pins for over a year, but it's the past few months I've become mildly obsessive about getting hold of original Epiphone pins. It may well be representative of some deeper issues as I have talked about!

However, the reason I hadn't previously settled on replacements is that they just didn't have the same sound as my original pins. The originals just seemed to have some mojo, or at least I'd gotten so used to the sound that the small change in sound from replacements was a big determent to me.

A guitar tech did actually comment on the sound of the original pins when he was trying replacements, so it's not just me!

The sound of those original Epiphone pins was just music to my ears so I figured I'd put a call out to see if anyone who'd swapped out theirs to upgrade them was willing to part with their cheap originals.

Everyone has their quirks and guitar playing is littered with players obsessing over obtaining one very particular item identical to something they already have but that needs replacing,  that others feels can be swapped out for anything off the shelf but the player feels is integral to their sound and they must find an absolutely identical replacement,  despite it defying all logic. This is my quirk and the thing I feel is integral to my playing and sound, despite it defying all logic!

Hopefully no one is offended by that as I'm not casting any judgement on anyone's choices or where they may personally feel an integral part of their sound comes from.

The main thing I'm told is that I'm a fool for liking the sound of the Epiphone in the first place and that I just need to shut up, save up and upgrade to a Gibson!


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