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Best 6 Bridges?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Alex, Dec 4, 2005.


  1. I was wondering if what (in your opinion) is the best 6 string bridges. Like how Badasses are the best 4 and 5 string bridges, is there 1 specific bridge that is that popular for 6's? Thanks all
     
  2. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    I like individual bridges because it lets each string vibrate by itself and is not affected by other string's vibrations like with a 1 or 2 piece.

    Greg
     
  3. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    BassManolukas

    I sent you a pm.t
     
  4. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    I'm not a big fan of BadAss. Compared to the stock bent metal birdges you see on a lot of basses, they're nice, but... It's at least a little bit personal preference. My personal favorite is the Hipshot A. It comes in brass or aluminum, it's quick loading, adjustible in 3 dimensions, and is string-through-body compatible.
     
  5. teej

    teej

    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I like the basic Fender-style bridges. The BadAss stuff is just too bulky. I also like ABM stuff, two-piece bridges, trapezes, and that Hofner/mandolin saddle/bridge thing when used with string-thru so that the strings are anchored to the body itself.
     
  6. kimstevens

    kimstevens

    Nov 12, 2002
    Speaking of the Hipshot Model A... can you tell a sonic difference between brass and aluminum construction with that bridge?
     
  7. yeah you can, just fitted a 5 string brass and a 5 string ali to two basses and the ali has more attack, the brass is warmer, fitted brass ans ali nuts as well so it all flows. :bassist:
     
  8. don't you have to route the holes for those to drop into, kind of like you see in Hambone's Fairline (first pic, I can't get the link now: must go!)
     
  9. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Especially if he's armed with AK-47 and grenades!




    :D

    Back on topic, there's some difference, go to setup and check out the threads there.
    The thing Hambone has made is not a typical individual bridge. Usual ones use just two screws and require no routing.

    I now have and ABM 3566 on my project and I really like it. Big and heavy, solid machined brass :smug:
     
  10. I was just referring to the routing he did on the body. When you say "they" usually use 2screws, you mean individual bridges?

    Also, how do individual bridges adjust forward/back WITHOUT routing? do they each have their own little apparatus to do that?
     
  11. teej

    teej

    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    Yeah, most indi bridges use 2 screws, and there's a saddle, which adjusts forward and back, but not laterally (left or right).
     
  12. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
  13. mahrous

    mahrous

    Aug 13, 2005
    Egypt
    single saddle bridges are mighty expensive. i never had direct experience with them, but i am planning on doing so.

    my Hipshot A 6stringer will be here in less than 15 days!