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Aria Pro 80's bridge

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tymophil, Mar 1, 2008.


  1. Tymophil

    Tymophil

    Aug 16, 2006
    I have a question.

    What metal was used for Aria Pro TSB-550 bridges in the early 80s ?

    Thanks.
     
  2. MAGUS®

    MAGUS®

    Dec 23, 2004
    UK
    If they're anything like the 80's SB series ( 1000, 900, 700, 600, etc ) then they'll be brass, but dont quote me.

    Presumably you have the model with the bat wing headstock ? I have the feeling they might have been steel. The 650 looked like brass
     
  3. sb69coupe

    sb69coupe

    Aug 9, 2004
    Raleigh NC
    My TSB-400 is a 1981 model, and the bridge appears to be chrome plated brass.
     
  4. Tymophil

    Tymophil

    Aug 16, 2006
    Thanks for the answers,

    The gold wore off and it shows a rather greyish metal. It doesn't look like brass at all...
     
  5. Tymophil

    Tymophil

    Aug 16, 2006
    Hi all,

    I have polished the bridge to remove what was left of the gold plating. I think I arrived to a layer of chrome or something (white and shiny metal). While polishing, I saw some copper underneath. And there is steel (or so it seems) under the layer of copper.

    Now, I found methods to blacken the steel. BUT, I wonder if I need to remove all the layers before applying the product...
     

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