Bridge Replacement

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by MCT, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. MCT


    Apr 11, 2005
    I bought a Badass II and it already has the holes drilled in. Regardless I want a pro at my local guitar shop to do it. How much should I expect to get charged for this? The saddles haven't been filed either.
  2. hey...

    How about some details of the bass your intending to fit the BA to? This would help in estimating a rough figure to expect.

    In reality though, it all depends upon how much you tech charges ( either per HR or for the job) If your fitting it to a Fender or something similar it really would be worth considering DIY.

    I did this to USA J bass when i was about 17... it's was my first bass, loved it to bits and felt as nervous as hell when i started... however once it was finished i felt an huge surge of pride :)

    Loads of guys have done this mod here and we'd all be willing to provide you with help.... i know i would ....

    If you really can't face doing it yourself.. then it really should cost no more that an hours worth of work.... just need to find out how much they charge ;)

  3. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    I just installed a BAII on my Fender MIM J in about an hour, including intonation. The thing that took longest was filing the bridge slots, but I took my time and went slowly. It was helpful having a wide array of file sizes and shapes on hand. If I had to drill new holes for mounting the bridge, I probably would have picked another bridge.

    I'd expect a real guitar tech should be able to do it all in under an hour with no problem.
  4. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard Commercial User

    Apr 4, 2005
    Kansas City area
    Black Dog Bass Works
    I just did the install as well. My local ACE hardware had an X-acto file set for around $15.00. The set includes an assortment of flat, round and angled files. The round file is tapered from a point to about .105" (just the size of my E string). I cut and filed a bone nut and installed the BAII with no problem.
    If you want to pay someone else to do the job for you, go for it but it's a very simple job and I bet you can do it in under an hour.