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Can I change the Bridge - if it is string-through-body??

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Kwan, Sep 28, 2004.


  1. Kwan

    Kwan

    May 14, 2004
    I am considering changing the bridge on my bass. But my bass has a string-through-body design. I don't want to waste this good design. Is there any (high-grade) bridge available that can let me still string-through-body??

    My bass is a Fender American Deluxe P Bass V (5-strings).
     
  2. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    What is wrong with the current bridge? I would consider the stock bridge a "high grade" bridge.

    However, I think WD Music sells some "more expensive" direct replacements that allow string through body.
     
  3. Kwan

    Kwan

    May 14, 2004
    I just thought of changing to a better bridge if it can improve my sound...

    I see those Hipshot, ABM, Schaller bridges and think that is very steady and solid... :cool:
     
  4. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I doubt you will notice any difference if you change the bridge.
     
  5. I agree, I wouldn't bother changing it because you won't notice any difference in the sound.
     
  6. The major things that affect the sound of a bass....IMO

    #1) YOU (technique, position, etc...)
    #2) STRINGS: composition, width, wind, coating (if any)
    #2) Electronics (PUPs and/or pre-amps)
    #3) Neck (composition, mass, fingerboard/fretboard material)
    #4) Body (resonance of the wood, mass of the wood, etc).
    #5) Nut composition (for open strings only)
    #6) Bridge

    In other words...leave the bridge alone.