Weight of badass bridge but cheaper?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by shawshank72, Jan 28, 2014.


  1. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    This is for wanting to add some weight with the bridge.
    I know badasses are heavy but too expensive.
    Is there anything with that kind of weight that fits standard five hole alot cheaper?
  2. maturanesa

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    hipshot style B, Brass
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    if the goal is better balance on a strap, you'll make a lot more difference with lighter keys than a heavier bridge.
  4. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    it's average, not super-heavy. probably the same as whatever is on there now.

    again, this isn't going to help you with balance very much, while lightweight keys will.
  7. SlingBass4

    SlingBass4 Supporting Member

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    Gotoh 201's are probably the go-to for most folks wishing the same as you. VERY reliable, great sounding, heavy - perfect for a Fender (or other similar instrument w/5 holes). $50-$60 range.
  8. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    Lightweight keys are expensive.
    Plus i just wanted a little extra in the body for weight sake.
  9. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    Was hoping for cheaper. But thank you. I notice these come up used alot.
  10. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    not sure what you mean; why would you want that?

    also, the 201s i've seen are actually hollow under that thicker back lip; they're not especially heavy.

    what kind of bridge is on there now? what kind of bass? pics?
  11. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    Its just the typical fender bridge.
    Just wanted a little more weight for the bridge without spending 100$ for a badass.
  12. tjh

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    The BAII is approximately .49-.51 lbs, the bridge off of the Classic Vibe 60's Jazz avg's about .46 lb ... the screw pattern is slightly wider, the center hole and one to either side is doable, but the outside two holes are at a pretty sharp angle in and should be plugged and redrilled ... I have seen those CV bridges sell for $20-25, but they also are a bit wider at the saddle points, and will slightly widen your string spacing at bridge end ... FWIW, you will see BAII's used WITHOUT factory slotting in the $50-60 range fairly often .. I just sold a brand new BAII with factory slotting for $79 shipped, so you dont need to spend $100 ...
  13. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    Can you use a badass that hasnt been slotted ?
    Or does it need to be?
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    JazzBass1949 I Did That Ya I played There Ya I Did What a Blast Supporting Member

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  15. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    yeah, but why? what do you think that will fix or improve?

    anyway, if you can find a badass, it will need to be slotted to work right, unless you find one with the pre-cut grooves.

    those CV bridges are actually pretty cool, with wider spacing that lines up with jazz pickup magnets.

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