Crazy T-bird ideas - what to do about bridges.

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  1. reverendrally

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    Swapped my old W-bin cab for a stack of parts the other day. Specifically, 4 T-bird pickups and a set of tuners. I'm thinking about building a "nesting pair" of set-neck, non-reverse birds. hehe. That is a fretless single pickup model and a T-3 triple pickup fretted in the same vain as the Grabber G-3. I'm a little spooked by what bridge to use though. The three point gibson style bridge looks cumbersome and difficult, while a fenderstyle bridge doesn't seem right either and will screw with my neck angles I think. The fretless would be easy enough coz I could use a tailpiece and hand made timber bridge, but the fretted one needs a proper intonatable bridge. Comments? Ideas?
     
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    I thought the Hipshot Supertone was the best of both worlds: The looks of the 3 point bridge with none of the hassle. I've never had one, but I'm sure guys who have will be around soon enough to share their opinions about it.
     
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    Hi.

    The Hipshot is an obvious idea, but IMHO it doesn't look too good.
    With all its (alledged) shortcomings, the three point is the "correct" bridge for a Thunderbirds of certain eras.

    TBer godofthunder59 makes the Badbird bridge, and even though I've seen only pics of them here, they look tons better than the Hipshot.
    IMHO anyway.

    Regards
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    Direct replacement for 3-point Gibson/Epi bridges, light, side to side adjustable saddles and can be used for string-thru

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    The original BadAss has the right height for Gibson-style neck tilt. I'm using one on my RayBird, and with a 2-degree angle, it's perfect. Vintage too.

    Scott's BadBird bridge looks beautiful as well.

    You can find imported aftermarket tune-o-matic/stop tailpiece combos for bass from the usual suspects. I bought a couple from Guitar Jones, and they're fine.

    But if you're wanting to retrofit an existing body drilled for the three-point, then it or the Hipshot replacement are your only real options. The three-point is a fine, sturdy bridge, whose weaknesses can be addressed by stringing through-body or using a separate tailpiece.
     
  7. reverendrally

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    badbird does look nice, but for $200 plus shipping? Mmm, probably not. I think I'm gonna go oldschool badass 1 or tune-o-matic.
     
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    reverend, I do hope there will be progress pics once you start building the pair. What you got and what you plan to do with it sounds interesting. :D
     
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    oh yes... there will be pictures... oh yes... oh yesssss.....

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    ...and maybe even "lazers" on the headstocks... :bag:
     
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    BTW. has any got a body trace for a NR thunderbird they could send to me?
     
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    If you want the original, PM me your address and I'll send you a tracing/measurements of my '64.
     
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    PM sent. Thanks heaps!
     

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