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A bridge tale

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by wraub, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    So... My P bass had a Badass when I got it, an original one.
    As you might expect, the action was high, even with a neck shim. The shim was also causing a ski-jump effect in the neck.

    Removed the shim and Badass, put on a standard F-type bridge with slotted saddles. Action much improved, less string tension, and, imo, the change in the sound of the bass was an improvement. All good. Well, except for the now-buzzing notes from 17-19 frets on the D string.
    I went with it cause the rest of the bass played so well.

    However, my J bass has a threaded saddle bridge, and I've gotten used to the adjustable string spacing. Wanted to do it to the P as well.

    Did a trade with a fellow TBer, got the appropriate bridge, made the swap, and...

    Still have the lowered string tension, still dig the tone, and the strings are now better spaced for the polepieces, plus the fret/string buzz at 17-19 is gone. Totally gone.
    Plus plus, the bass now weighs less than 9 lbs.

    I am pleased.

    Not digging your tone? Have a high-mass bridge?
    Maybe high-mass is the wrong direction to go.
    Try it, you might like it... Worked for me.

  2. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I will seize this opportunity to repeat the mantra, "Leo got it right."
  3. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert
    Yep. Starting to realize that...


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