The Badass bridge: Soon to be enshrined in vintage glory?

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  1. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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    With all the threads pondering the BA's fate and future, and also seeing them fly from the classifieds like hot cheese on taters, I have to wonder one thing: Exactly where is its place in bass history? Will it be remembered as the bridge that set the bar for sustain nirvana? Or as the bridge that set the bar for hi-mass hysteria? I have owned a few, and while not being a fan myself, I can respect the theory and idea behind it and would like to credit Leo (Quan) for etching his mark on the electric bass, for better or for worse.
  2. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr Hack with nice gear. Supporting Member

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    I think it will be mostly remembered as the most unnecessary replacement part by people who aren't really sure why their original bridge needs replacing other than the fact that Geddy or Steve Harris uses them.
  3. PJRL

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    Or in the circular file....

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  4. JellinWellen

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    Well the badass ONE was designed to replace the crappy gibson bridges. Which it did a good job of doing. As far as the BA2, Unnecessary on a fender? Usually, but there are cases for it too.
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  6. petrus61

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    It only did a good job of that if was recessed into the body. 30 years later you can bring that EB-0 with BA1 to an archery competition.
  7. JellinWellen

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    30 years later do people bring EB-0s to anything? :D:bag:
  8. synaesthesia

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    +1
  9. petrus61

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    Wood chippers and guitar show parking lots. j/k

    Edit: The BA1 did actually improve upon the EB bridge, but unfortunately I've seen more poorly mounted ones than professional.
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  13. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    *sigh* :rolleyes:

    Yet another rehash of the pointless debate between those who can hear the obvious improvement in attack & sustain that the BadAss provides relative to the bent plate design...and those who can't.

    Whatever. :rolleyes:

    MM
  14. 80jazz

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    This is what I am going with. Although I suspect that the early '70s jazz basses may have prompted some of this and I do agree that there are SOME basses it can help.
  15. pfox14

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    My understanding is Fender bought the rights to the BA design and are building their own Fender-labeled version. They obviously see value in the high-mass design.
  16. Jah Wobble Fan

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    I will remember it fondly, like many another silly signifier of a more simple time.

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  17. Jefff

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    I have an EBO with a BA1 on it and it works just fine.
  18. Jah Wobble Fan

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    Ah, the 70's….

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  19. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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    Are you saying the BA will be remembered as a similar tone enhancing upgrade of the 70's?
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  20. Bass Viking

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    Agreed. I put a BadAss on my P bass and immediately noticed an improvement in sustain and tone.
  21. Jah Wobble Fan

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    Didn't mean to hate on the BadAss, or to suggest that they are ineffective.
    Merely pointing out that they have been around long enough to rate as a vintage appointment. And that the current rebranding and renaming of the product will likely stimulate a nostalgic appreciation for the earlier, "original" units.

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