I was reading posts about the "full contact" Babicz bridges and the debate in general about what effect
a bridge has on the sound. Since I was in the market and had the "upgrade itch" to replace the no name
bent plate bridge on my put together P Bass I decided to get the Babicz bridge.
What I did here is interesting (I hope!) as I made sound files of the tones before and after installation -
NOTHING is different except the bridge. Same strings same height off the pickups same action.
These files were recorded painfully dry - no EQ, no compression.
The bass - A Fender Japan 1962 Reissue P Bass neck on an aftermarket Basswood body.
Delano (Germany) pickups and DR Neon strings 45-105.
The original bridge - a "bent plate" no name Chinese 4 barrel bridge.
The original - 3.2 OZ The Babicz - 3.7 OZ in weight.
I did not do this to stick a finger in anybodies eye, and the results are not necessarily conclusive
on the whole topic, but they sure surprised me. I have been playing 40 years, used to work in
a pro shop for 6 years building and modding basses - installed hundreds of Badass Schaller Gotoh
and Hipshot bridges in place of "stock" in those years.
I own several Fenders with Schaller and Badass II bridges myself.
One of the big things here is "no new strings"!!!
Typically a new set is always going on with a new bridge, and
that may be the source of much of what people here.
The Files: This one is really the most interesting as it is a
stereo file made of a single "E" note played
with a pick - LEFT is the original bridge the RIGHT
is the Babicz...The notes were aligned to start
together and normalized to start at the same level
the original difference in the note strikes was only
.5db ! But I wanted to have a totally fair comparison.
You will see on a L/R meter, that the Babicz does
have more sustain. BUT it is only many seconds out
where it would rarely be noticed and easily erased
by even a little compression. The most interesting
(to me) thing is the spectrograph of the file -
you can see minor variations in the response of the
Left Right comparison of single E http://www.hinterlandmusic.net/Bridg...gecompare1.mp3
The other files are one bridge or the other - did my best to emulate the playing of the original. This is NOT musical but
technical so please don't "judge" my playing by this
The original bridge - struck notes with pick then finger. http://www.hinterlandmusic.net/Bridg...nal1_Notes.mp3
The Babicz bridge - struck notes with pick and then finger http://www.hinterlandmusic.net/Bridg...wBab_Notes.mp3
Some exceedingly simple playing - original bridge http://www.hinterlandmusic.net/Bridg...BridgePlay.mp3
Some exceedingly simple playing - Babicz http://www.hinterlandmusic.net/Bridg...BridgePlay.mp3
Thumping with the thumb - original http://www.hinterlandmusic.net/Bridg...ridgeThumb.mp3
Thumping with the thump - Babicz http://www.hinterlandmusic.net/Bridg...ridgeThumb.mp3
Hope you all enjoy it!