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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Moley13, Jun 1, 2014.


  1. Hi there,

    I'm doing up a Yamaha RBX-260 and am looking for a bridge for it. The saddles don't have "tracks" and seem so have a fair bit of movement in them, leading to potentially uneven string spacing. The three I'm considering are:

    Allparts Adjustable:
    http://www.realparts.com.au/bridges-tailpieces/bass/adjustable-4-string-bass-bridge-chrome.html

    Wilkinson:
    http://www.realparts.com.au/bridges-tailpieces/bass/wilkinson-4-string-bass-guitar-bridge.html

    Generic? Gotoh style:
    http://www.realparts.com.au/bridges-tailpieces/bass/4-string-bass-bridge-chrome-3173.html

    A couple of questions:

    How useful is the "adjustable" feature? How are they adjusted?
    The Wilkinson doesn't seem to have tracks either... Is this ok?
    What's the deal with the generic one?

    Thanks!
     
  2. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Yeah so they don't have tracks. You have saddle grooves, a bridge string mounting hole and a nut at the other end of the neck. You need to remember those saddles are going to have a significant amount of string tension on them. Once tensioned they won't be moving unless you have a fairly vigorous technique. Worry about intonation and action.
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2014
  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    The first one has the black saddles nested in a chrome block. The saddles have two screws that move them up and down. The block slides (by pushing on them PIA) in the channel to intonate and they lock in place with the screws ( in the holes on the chrome block). You can get them way cheaper on eBay. Same cast Chinese bridge: mediocre.

    Wilkinson: basic Fender replacement bridge. I have one, works as expected. I tilt the two outside saddles a wee bit and that seems to keep string tension pulling them inwards preventing saddle walk.

    The generic clone: best choice of the three IMO. Thicker plate may require a neck shim or grind the bottom of the saddles to go low enough.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/360903191806

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/360678982784
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2014
  4. Thanks for that reply. That's the info I was after. I'll give the generic clone a go. It does seem to be the same as that first eBay link. You might find me posting here in a week for info on saddle grinding/shimming :p
     
  5. Just to check... do you think this would be an improvement over the stock bridge?

    Some pics (not mine):
    bridge1. bridge2.
     
  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I would not buy the first bridge you posted. There are no intonation screws, so the saddles have to be moved by loosening a set screw and sliding them. So to set intonation the string has to be loosened and re tightened after every adjustment. It is a royal pain in the rear. The other two are fine.
     
  7. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

  8. Unfortunately that guy would cost me US$50 to get shipped out, where the first eBay link you posted earlier will only be AUD$10 (less than US$10). If I'm going up into the US$50 range, I could get one of the more serious aftermarket ones locally.

    EDIT: Basically I've already put together a cart at this place, and so the postage would be free. This is their selection of bridges, by price:
    http://www.realparts.com.au/bridges-tailpieces/bass.html?dir=asc&order=price
    Obviously, though, if I went for the Gotoh clone $5 +$5 shipping from China is still cheaper than $20 shipped free.
     
  9. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    I have a Gotoh 201 (black) you can HAVE. It is used, has a standard Fender 5 hole mount. I will never use it, just send me your address.
     
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  10. Oh sweet! PM'd you.
     
  11. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    On its way!
     
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  12. Thanks so much!
     
  13. Khronic

    Khronic Richard J. Naimish Banned

    Oct 24, 2006
    Grand Junction, CO.
    I love this place. :thumbsup:
     
  14. Me too :)
     
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  15. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    :cool:
     
  16. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    HEY! How 'bout some pics?
     
  17. Oh hells yeah! I'm out of town atm for a gig, but will take time when I get home!
     
  18. In the meantime, this is where we're staying for our gig :) still a little snow around!
     

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  19. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Well that's not Darwin. Was there for a couple months back in '88 or '89. Only place I'd recognise.
     
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