So I tried out a Gotoh 201 bridge on my fretless Tony Franklin today. The bass has a bit of neck dive, a moderate dead spot on the G string 7th "fret," and I was also curious to see what the difference in sound and sustain would be between the Gotoh and the stock Fender bridge. I have read through many threads on all of the above topics and wondered if the Gotoh would have a positive affect on any of them. I really had no expectations, good or bad, I just wanted to try it for myself. First the Neck Dive. Even though the Gotoh is a heavier bridge I did not notice any difference at all in the balance of the bass after putting it on. Slightly surprised, but not a big deal because the dive is not too bad and only bothers me when playing for a long time. Next the Dead Spot. I recorded the dead spot "D" side by side on a multitrack with both bridges and there was no change in it whatsoever. No surprise there either and again not a big deal, I just chalk it up to the character of the bass and it is not so bad that it cannot be managed. Finally the overall sound/sustain. I recorded an identical run with both bridges side by side and again found no discernible difference in sound or sustain between the two. To sum up I found no reason to replace my stock Fender bridge with the Gotoh. The Gotoh is a nice looking bridge and I liked the way it looked and sounded, I just did not see it as an improvement. The Tony Franklin is a high quality bass as-is and I suppose a lower quality bass would benefit more by adding the Gotoh or any high mass bridge for that matter. The one thing I did not like was the necessity to shim the neck to make the Gotoh work. I set my action fairly low, but not nearly as low as some, and I think most people would have to use a shim to get their preferred action with the Gotoh. Hopefully this will help anyone looking to try the Gotoh 201. Even though I decided not to use it on the Tony Franklin I will likely use it if I ever get around to building the Warmoth Jazz Bass I have been thinking about the past 10 years! Cheers, Gyver.