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+Bridge preference+

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cliff Bordwell, Oct 11, 2005.

+ Bridge preference +

Poll closed Oct 18, 2005.
  1. 1 piece

    77 vote(s)
  2. 2 piece

    35 vote(s)
  3. Mono rail style

    23 vote(s)
  4. Other

    11 vote(s)
  1. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    Do you have a bridge design preference?
    One piece.
    Two piece
    Mono rail style.

    I would love to hear everyone's thoughts about the bridges they like.

    Some visuals :bassist: :bassist:


  2. ladros2


    Jun 2, 2005

    G&L L-2000 Bridge.
  3. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I like individual bridge saddles on my ERBs. Helps cut down on sympathetic string vibrations...

    On standard string basses (5 & 6) I like Hipshot "A" styles best but have nothing against their "B" styles...

    Two piece bridges a-la Warwick, Stambaugh and Drozd are cool too...

    It all depends on the bass...

    So since I have no one style I like best I picked "Other"...
  4. echo008

    echo008 Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    I voted 2 piece... more specifically.... Alembic Bridges (although very similar to the Jerzy Bridge in the pic above)
    they are my favorite, for looks and ease of adjustment.
    - Tom
  5. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    In my experience I've preferred the tone of one piece brass bridges on my 6 strings but I seem to like lighter aluminum one piece bridges on 4 and 5 strings.

    As far as the Jerzy Drozd basses I've heard that his 2 piece bridge is a pain to adjust as far as intonation is concerned.
  6. Aj*


    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Two piece or monorail, probably two piece as it allows for adjustable string spacing.
  7. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I like one piece bridges with a lot of bass (ernie ball), helps for slaptone.
  8. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    other :smug:
  9. BillytheBassist


    Aug 18, 2005
    Monorail's are great, as well as hipshot A's.
  10. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    I like a quick change bridge, and think that bridges with too extreme of a break angle or too short of a run from the saddle to the tailpiece tend to mess with the overtones on the lower strings. I don't like saddles that shift, and really have no use for asjustable string spacing.

    Wilkensons and the private labeled derivatives are great IMO.
  11. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Whatever Sadowsky chooses to use

  12. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    I mostly like the bridge on the metro, but it doesn't really care for non-taper B strings due to the high break angle and short run after adjusting intonation. I could barely wedge a .135 D'adarrio Prosteel in there, and once I got it in place, it didn't sound good at all I think due to the high break angle, and the fact that very little of the string was consumed behind the saddle. Most strings are not very flexible right at their base!

    That string worked fine on my wilkenson equipped basses.
  13. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Roger, along with alot of other manufacturers, recommend and use a taper wound B. Thats why that saddle is ahead of the E saddle instead of behind it for intonation

  14. Definiately the third pic where each string has its own bridge. The Schecter custom line does it that way.
  15. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I've always found 2-piece bridges to be the sexiest by far!

  16. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    I LOVE two piece bridges. I have two basses with them and want more :).
  17. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    I have a monorail bridge on both of my main basses.
  18. As long as a bridge serves its purpose well for the particular instrument, I don't care WHAT type it is. I have 3 distinct types on my 4 basses

    My bridges:

    Carvin AC40
    Acoustic Guitar Type, through body string anchor
    + Great Acoustic Tone via the ribbon Piezo pickup
    - No intonation or string height adjusment (really not needed)

    Home-built P-bass copy
    Leo Quan Badass II, single piece bridge
    + Great Adjustment
    + Nice and Chunky
    - None

    Yamaha RBX170
    Bargain-basement production one-piece bridge (Fenderesque)
    + Great Adjustment
    - None really

    Wishbass (bridge modification)
    Monorail blocks (minus the slides), adjusted through channels carved into the bass top, anchored via through-body
    + Great adjustment
    - None really (works much better than the old "corian" bridge)

  19. Translated: I LOVE two piece bridges [on my Warwicks]. I have two basses [Warwicks] with them and want more [Warwicks]. :D
  20. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    I can tell you which one I can't stand..........the Spector bridges are a pain the ***. I hate working with those. Love the basses, hate the bridge though.

    Hipshot A and Gotoh 206.