The 56 cent Gibson SG Bass Bridge Fix

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by travhop42, Mar 14, 2014.


  1. travhop42

    travhop42

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    I purchased 4ea 1/4"-20 nylon lock nuts for 14 cents each. Slide them on the strings and it eliminates the inherit problem with Gibson bridge by bringing strings about 3/8" further back. This will put the windings behind the saddle where they belong. Works perfect. Stays in tune and sounds better with a little more sustain.
     

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  2. 96tbird

    96tbird This Indian movie is really boring man.

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    Perfect! Cheap and effective.
     
  3. mormoyboy

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    I used to use ball ends (sometimes two) from a previous set of strings - same idea, but the nylon probably eliminates any potential metal-to-metal noise. Neat!
     
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    i remain skeptical of any sustain change, but that is indeed a good way to keep the reinforcing wraps off the saddles.
     
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  6. travhop42

    travhop42

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    I admit the sustain difference is suttle at best. I still believe it plays and sounds better than it did. Having the windings sitting on the saddles could not be good. The intonation had to be adjusted after I did this so that tells me the strings are setting lower in the saddles. I still wonder why Gibson does not correct this. I was planning on buying an aftermarket bridge but now it is not necessary.
     
  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    I've seen variations on this including computer stand-offs (?) and various diameter / length cylindrical spacers in the parts drawer at Lowes's. The practice is frequently applied in the mis-assumption that it changes string tension to a discernible degree but is more appropriate when shifting string windings...as you've demonstrated!

    Riis
     
  8. ASATMAN

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    Great idea and looks like it solved the problem.
     
  9. mongo2

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    Excellent...I've been doing that with Epiphone 3 saddle bridges for quite a while, it works great but I've never noticed any real tonal or sustain changes. I've also used flanged nylon nuts and brass knurled nuts. Somebody used to make a bar to accomplish the same thing and sold it on ebay for a while.
     
  10. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Gold Supporting Member

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    i'll try it on the flying v when i need new strings
     
  11. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Do we get to debate the acoustic qualities of various types of nylon washers now? And their sustain, "tone" and other characteristics?

    I hope not. Nice trick, looks very effective.
     
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Not until there's a BadAss version :) neat ideal thanks for sharing it.
     

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