I'm visiting my parents in Canada, and I've been reunited with some of the guitars of mine that they've continued to hold on to (there's a hope of moving them to NC where I live now, but not in the immediate future). I have this cool Epiphone John Lennon acoustic that has been giving me trouble since I got it in 2006. The issue is that that low E bridge pin will not stay pinned in; it rises about 1/3 of an inch off the bridge when I bring it to pitch. Holding it down while I wind does not work. For the longest time, when I showed it to techs they would tell me I was just stringing it wrong. Other than this issue, it's a lovely guitar. Looking further into the issue, I've found that the problem is with the bridge plate and the bracing. The the hole for the low E is going through the bracing instead of the bridge plate. Because of that, the string's ball end seems to nestle itself into the bracing rather than sit at the level of the bridge plate, and it pulls the pin up. It seems that this might have happened because these 160e's join at the 15th fret to accommodate the pickup, and the geometry gets screwy. How would y'all approach this problem? Here are some of the options that I see: - Call Epiphone and ask for warranty help (but this seems like it will involve shipping headaches; I did buy it new, but I no longer have the receipt, and the store that sold it — Avenue Guitars in Edmonton — is now defunct) - Get some kind of aftermarket fixed bridge pin system like Powerpins . (I dislike this option because they are ugly, and I've heard they offer weak downward pull). - Modifying a pin; I imagine a shorter pin could hold the string in, but might not get pulled up so badly. - Take it to a luthier - Use a sanding block to make the part of the bracing with the hole flush with the bridge plate, which would allow the ball end to get seated in the right spot. - Or, just let it be. Like, the high pin is annoying but doesn't keep the guitar from being playable. Are there options that I missed? How would you approach this problem?