2tek bridges?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by jasonbraatz, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    whatever happened to them?

    can you get the anymore? what's their website?

  2. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    The company who makes Boogie Bodies guitars and basses still can install them, but I can't find their website right now, because it seems to have been moved. Search around for boogie bodies,and you'll find it.
  3. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I have a 2-Tek bridge on my 4-string fretless Modulus. Talk about retarded sustain. I can like, you know, play a note, go out and have a bite and come back... yahaaaaaaaaa... it's still playing.. :)
  4. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    You should probably be aware of the fact that to have one of these installed can be very costly. If you really want one, your best bet is to look for a Hamer Cruise with the 2Tek installed. It would probably be cheaper to buy the whole bass than get a bridge installed for you. And yes, it does sustain forever! I took my Hamer out to a jam and just let an A ring through about 8 bars of a blues tune - just because I could!
  5. I had a 2-Tek installed in a Carvin LB-75 I had built. Carvin used to offer the 2-Tek as an option.

    As stated previously, the sustain is great, but the install is pretty involved. The other thing to be concerned about is the weight. They are a pretty heavy piece of hardware an can have an affect on the balance of the bass.
  6. Bichegrinderboy


    Nov 8, 2001
    2-Tek went out of business about 2 and a half, 3 years ago. I don't know how much luck you'll have finding them...as a less invasive alternative you could just try replacing your bridge with a good Brass bridge. A friend of mine put a Hipshot Brass Bridge (painted black...) on his bass and it increased the sustain and made the bottom end huge!

    The 2-Tek did it's thing, eliminating cross talk and what not, but I think your instrument vibrating as a whole is part of the sound of your instrument...
  7. Randy Payne

    Randy Payne

    Jan 1, 2001
    To play devil's advocate, do you really find yourself yearning for more sustain? I have never had a bass where I've sat there and thought, "Gee, I really need more sustain" For me, it's more of what happens in the first second that counts....

  8. I had a 2-Tek installed in my Jazz. Not only did it increase the sustain, like others have mentioned, but it actually helped balance the bass, since most jazzes seem a little top heavy anyway. Mine was installed by a luthier in Cincinnati, Tom Weber, who previously traveled with Van Halen as their guitar-tech. Tom sold me the 2-tek, installed it, did set up & delivered it to my house for $425.00. To me, it was well worth it. I like to let an open E or B ring while doing some higher register fingerwork and this bridge allows me to do that.
  9. 2-tek? What are these ridiculously sustaining bridges? How do they work?
  10. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    I played a couple of Hamers with 2teks. Boy, they were heavy! But if you want to buy one to plunder the bridge from, there's probably at least one left at House of Guitars, Rochester, NY.
  11. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    There's a Hamer Cruise fretless fiver on eBay with
    a "Buy It Now" price of $750. Not bad, considerin'
    to get one installed is what - $250 to $300?

  12. ENGNET


    Feb 6, 2002
    Gig Harbor, WA
    2TEK Bridges going back into production. Call Soundworth Designs @ 253-853-2835
  13. Well.. I haven't felt that I've needed more sustain on my basses playing most of the notes on the fretboard... it's when I'm playing notes in the deadspot that I wish I had more sustain.
  14. ENGNET


    Feb 6, 2002
    Gig Harbor, WA
    2TEKvirtually eliminates the deadspots
  15. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    It's not about sustain...it's about the attack! The first few seconds. Modifying the words of some guys..

    "I ain't got time to sustain!"


    Who was is that responded the to the statement, "You're bleeding!" with "I ain't got time to bleed."? Can't remember for the life of me...
  16. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    that would be blaine (jesse ventura) from predator
  17. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Anybody got a clear, close-up pic of a 2TEK bridge? I need an example of it to show someone what I'm talking about.
  18. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I never saved-off that cool cutaway shot from the old cyber-tec site :(.

    Here's a couple shots of a Hamer Cruise :)...


  19. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Nice, is that yours?

    I don't really understand how this thing works. It supposedly cuts down on or nearly eliminates sympathetic vibrations between the strings? How? Isn't the whole thing attached to that back plate thing? I mean, It's not really like a seperate bridge for each string is it? And even if it is, they would still all be connected to the same piece of wood.

    Someone please enlighten me.
  20. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Nahh. I came REAL close to gettin' a fiver just like it from
    some place on the East Coast - couple years ago.
    This is where that cutaway shot would come in handy.
    It has these individual "tone fingers" for each string,
    which (I think) provide isolation.