Fender Vintage Bridge ok for LaBella 760FL?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Slowpicker, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. Slowpicker


    Jan 25, 2013
    I have replaced the Bad Ass bridge of my P by the classic Fender Vintage Bass Bridge Assembly. This one: http://www.fender.com/features/vintage-parts/pure-vintage-bass-bridge-assembly-nickelchrome/

    Provided that it is mounted correctly, will this bridge be able to bear for the somewhat higher tension of the LaBella 760FL set? Any risc here?

    Apart from that, what do you think about this E string winding on the tuner post? Still OK or is the E string already too long?


  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    In my experience, yes.

    I wouldn't want to stress Labella flats too much by bending them around the string post past the silk.
  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Manitoba, Canada
    E string may break prematurely... or may not. To be sure, put a spacer like an old ball or nut down at the ball end.

    Vintage bridge will be fine if it's screw holes are good.
  4. Slowpicker


    Jan 25, 2013
    Thanks so far.

    In addition: the thicker part of the E string is not really bended. The thinner part of the string starts with the red silk. That is when the bending starts as well. Do you know what I mean?
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  6. narwhale

    narwhale Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2009
    Apex, NC
    That's how the 760FLs look on my 62 RI look as well. You'd think Labella would take standard P-bass scale length into account and give you a little more 'wiggle room' between the tuner and the windings (maybe there's a tone or production reason for that), but it hasn't caused me any problems yet. Like Slowpicker said, none of the fully wound part of the string is bent at the tuner, though it is very close.
  7. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    ... the vintage bridge with threaded saddles is my bridge of choice, and your windings look fine ... this style bridge supported all the old style Fender flatwound 'cables' for years ...

    tbird's suggestion of an old ball end at the ball end to space the string a bit is an excellent one, but I have used the LaBella's exactly as yours is pictured with no issues ...
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Absolutely. Those Labellas are my favorite strings and I've put them on more than a dozen basses with no problem ever, regardless of the bridge type.

    Your E string is fine.
  9. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    Seemed to work for these dudes with heavy gauge LaBellas for a while.

  10. Slowpicker


    Jan 25, 2013
    I am a chicken when it comes to bass strings... :bag:

    Thanks guys for your kind replies!
  11. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007
    I use heavier La Bella with standard Fender bridge for years and everything is fine until now.
    (Setup the truss-rod bridge saddles and etc so you can get the best as low action as you'd like)
  12. Slowpicker


    Jan 25, 2013
    Had rehearsal yesterday evening, bridge as well as E string still in place... :smug:

    Really appreciated your responses!