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a good high mass bridge with low saddles? (neck through)

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by DanAdams, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    I searched for answers, everyone said shim the neck. I have an Argentinian neck through from the eighties. It had a cracked neck at the nut, but I managed to fix it. HOORAY. I have the thing set up as well as possible, but I want to go lower.
    What bridges have the lowest profile?

    I don't want to rout it, I know how to set up a bass, the relief is good. If you look you can see that the fretboard is pretty darn close to the front surface of the bass. A fender compatible 'five screws across the bottom' would be nice as the bass already has holes there.

    I also have no desire to use this wacko ugly old Shadow piezo 1/8th inch jack bridge. It's missing some tiny irreplaceable saddle covers anyway.

    Last edited: Jun 29, 2016
  2. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Can you measure what min string height of the G is you need?

    Hipshot A style minimum is .39"

    B style is .38"

    Both around 3/8"
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  3. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Before you go investing in a new bridge, just be sure the pickups will go low enough if you go to lower saddles.
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  4. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Babicz is available in string through, is one of the best bridges out there and (I think) the cam/saddle will go all the way down to the bridge plate, or close to it.

    As an alternative, you could try exposed core strings like LaBella Supersteps. Only the skinny core of the string sits on the saddle, so they naturally sit lower and normally would require you to raise the saddles a lot.
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  5. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    Great ideas. I would like to have the option to go as low as .32 although I doubt I could go that low. I'm bottomed out at .38 right now...
    I like the idea of trying exposed cores. I never have before. my pickups can go very low. I just shoved a bunch of foam under them, plenty of clearance there.
    right now I have a cheap fender style bridge off an old Cort or something. Maybe I'll try grinding the bottom of the round saddles before I spend money or decide to rout it.
    It's made trickier by the fact that the fretboard has no radius. It's flat. Some good bridges (schaller) get fatter for the middle two strings to match fretboard radius
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2016
  6. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
  7. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Honestly, an old school Fender threaded saddle bridge will probably go as low or lower than anything on the market. As old as they are, there are very few, if any bridges out there that are actually better
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  8. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    ^exactly. Hopkins speaks the truth.
  9. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    That bass is begging for a Schaller roller bridge. It is fairly low profile, qualifies as "high mass" (even though I personally find this unimportant), and matches the vibe of the bass. Just put a little drop of white glue on the rollers so that the string spacing doesn't get knocked around every time you change strings.
  10. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    I wish. the center two strings on a Schaller are too high. I've got a spare Schaller right here on my desk right now.
    this fretboard has 0 radius. A Schiller's E & G saddle appear to go down to .35" or so (GREAT), but the A and D minimum height is around .40 as the base of the bridge has a radius to it to match most fretboards.

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