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

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by petrus61, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    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 Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brick, NJ
    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


    Mar 27, 2010
    greenfield center NY
    Or in the circular file....

  4. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    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

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    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


    Oct 18, 2012
    Houston Tx
    30 years later do people bring EB-0s to anything? :D:bag:
  8. synaesthesia


    Apr 13, 2004
  9. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    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.
  10. garp

    garp Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
  11. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
  12. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
  13. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    *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:

  14. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    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


    Dec 22, 2013
    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. I will remember it fondly, like many another silly signifier of a more simple time.

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  17. Jefff

    Jefff Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2013
    I have an EBO with a BA1 on it and it works just fine.
  18. Ah, the 70's….

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  19. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Are you saying the BA will be remembered as a similar tone enhancing upgrade of the 70's?
  20. Agreed. I put a BadAss on my P bass and immediately noticed an improvement in sustain and tone.
  21. 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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