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90s wilkinson bass bridge

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by vvvvv, Jan 21, 2016.


  1. vvvvv

    vvvvv

    Dec 2, 2015
    does anyone out there have a chrome saddled 4, 5 or 6 stringed 90s wilkinson bridge they're interested in selling? To get an idea of what I'm looking for, I've attached a photo. Fingers crossed...
     

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  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    No. IMO, they were functional but perfectly dreadful in terms of design. On a more positive note:

    *Place an impassioned plea on the Carvin users' forum. The Wilkies were stock on 90's Carvins but frequently swapped out for better hardware. Somebody may have one stuck in a parts bin.

    *If push comes to shove, the Babicz has an identical footprint and is an attractive alternative.

    Riis
     
  3. vvvvv

    vvvvv

    Dec 2, 2015
    Thanks for the reply Riis. Yes I agree these bridges have flaws. In fact I have to do some mod work on the saddles to prevent strings from breaking. With that said, I like the way they feel in terms of playability.
    Good call with reaching out on the Carvin forum, I'll do that if I have no luck here...
    Best,
    Tim
     
  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Ah, just do it now as that's really your best shot. I'm a member...would you like me to ask? Here's the Babicz on my Bugs Bunny:

    Babiczcloseup_zps19da64be.

    Edit: I believe the model is the Wilkinson TW-4 and they show up occasionally on e-bay.

    Riis
     
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  5. vvvvv

    vvvvv

    Dec 2, 2015
    If you could put out a feeler on the Carvin Users' forum I'd be much appreciative. I'll look again on eBay. I'm new to talkbass, so do I have to be a Carvin User in order to be part of the Carvin Users' forum?
     
  6. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Rachel Dolezal was head of the Spokane NAACP, so no...have at it. I scanned the forum and saw a handful of references to the Wilkie TW-4 but none for sale. They've probably all been plundered / cannibalized for parts over the years. I was being gracious earlier: I hate the durn things and Wilkinson finally saw the error of their ways. Their current offerings appear to be the more conventional bent plate / cylindrical saddle style.

    Riis
     
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  7. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    That looks an awful lot like a Kahler tremblo bridge, ahhh,,...no it doesn't:
    https://www.kahlerusa.com/bass-tremolos-4-string
     
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  8. tbplayer59

    tbplayer59

    Jan 20, 2013
    I have one with black saddles. PM me if you're interested.
     
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  9. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    And I've got an all-black 5-string Wilkinson bridge that I'm selling, so...
     
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  10. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
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  11. tbplayer59

    tbplayer59

    Jan 20, 2013
    We could make a 9 string bass.
     
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  12. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Use the 5 string bridge on the 4 string bass. When one of the claws break, you'll have a spare on hand...just re-shuffle the strings, spacing be damned.

    Riis
     
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  13. Tubamark

    Tubamark

    Jul 10, 2014
    Any chance that this bridge is still available? If yes, please PM me.
    — Mark
     
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  14. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Sorry, I sold it... though amazingly only just recently.
     

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