Crossing That Bridge

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bogie1519, Jul 22, 2021.

  1. bogie1519


    Feb 25, 2012
    Beaumont Tex
    Fender High Mass Wide 4-String Bass Bridge. 53.89
    If I replace my stock MIM bridge with the above bridge
    will I notice any improvement in sustain resonance or improved attack?
    Is it a direct drop-in replacement?

    Or just a waste of time and money.
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I think it’s a waste of time and money, but that doesn’t mean it is. It might make your bass sound slightly different. It’s not gonna necessarily sound better.
  3. bogie1519


    Feb 25, 2012
    Beaumont Tex
    Thanks kinda keeping up with the Joness
  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I like the high-mass vintage bridge that’s standard on most recent MIA Fenders. I have one of those beastly Bad Ass Fender version on my Dimension Deluxe and while I don’t have any issues with it, I’ve wondered if a standard MIA bridge would fit.
  5. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    I've changed out 4 bridges for high mass bridges. It made a discernable difference on one bass (and quite an improvement). So according to my data, your odds are one if four if altered sound is your goal. :D
  6. improvement/improved is subjective.
    at best, "most people" would not hear a difference.
    I myself have always gone back to the traditional-style bridge.
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  7. bogie1519


    Feb 25, 2012
    Beaumont Tex
    If it's for cosmetic reasons only I don't see the point. They are 59.95 for another 50 or 100 I could buy a good set of pick-ups.
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  8. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    You know its only a piece of bent metal, but those original Fender bridges are tough to beat. I'd save my money.

    Sometimes less is more.
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  9. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    only as a counter weight ( proven effective in some previous applications :D ) , I prefer the KTS bent type .
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  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    I was once a believer in high mass bridges. However, my ears and experience with them has since made me reach the conclusion that there’s far more hype than substance to their claims.

    About the only reasons I can think of to swap out a bridge are either because: (a) the one you have is broken or otherwise defective; or (b) you don’t like the way your current bridge looks.

    tl:dr - Save your money. Buy yourself some strings. :)
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  11. dbsfgyd1


    Jun 11, 2012
    Mascoutah, IL
    good point!
  12. kmon

    kmon Supporting Member

    May 11, 2009
    Chocolate Disneyland
    I think they look kinda cool. I have 2 fenders that came with hi mass bridges, I’d never drop $$ on one. I have considered, for no good reason particularly, that bridge that lets you tweak string spacing.

    I vote no on the “upgrade”.
  13. BassFalcon


    Nov 18, 2020
    I have a babicz full contact bridge on my jazz bass. It pleases me. Mine is of the zinc variety so it isn’t high mass, but it’s rock solid where the old bent plate G saddle would always slide around sideways. I also feel that there was in improvement in tone. But that’s just how I feel, I can’t prove it. Either way it solved my sliding G saddle and both the engineering, stability, and perceived tone please me. I say upgrade your bridge if you want, especially if you’re having stability issues, or just want to try something new. There’s a lot of bent plate purists here that will get emotional and insist there is absolutely no reason to change a bridge from Leo’s most holy design, but hey, if that’s your idea of fun, have a little fun. $50 isn’t much to risk on it.
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  14. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    Heartily seconded. I don't give much thought to what kind of bridge is special to whoever, but the simplest way to think of it is to look at how a string vibrates: Any string, of any kind, will move the least at the spot where it's anchored. Even with a different anchoring spot, it's still not going to move much. Better pickups will do far more for one's sound than a bridge swap. :thumbsup:
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  15. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    I have only ever changed bridges for looks. But I do think that the 2-Tek does make a difference.
  16. DrThumpenstein

    DrThumpenstein Living for the groove Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2015
    St Louis, MO
    I swapped out the stock bent-plate bridge on my Aerodyne to a Hipshot Kickass. It already had sustain for days, and it did not improve the sustain, sound, or tone at all. But it looks cool and it is easier to adjust string to string spacing. I am happy with the result, but it has more to do with cosmetics and assuaging a little OCD about string spacing than any improvement in tone.
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  17. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    The advantages of some high-mass and aftermarket bridges is they can make string changes easier and can be easier to adjust for string height and sometimes even string spacing. It can also make the body heavier to counter neck dive. The effect on sound is usually quite negligible in my experience.
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  18. And a bridge cover. :)
  19. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I put a Babicz bridge on an old Jazz bass.
    Looked great and made set up easy, but it didn't really make that much of a difference otherwise.
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  20. RichardW


    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    I dropped a high mass bridge onto my Squier fretless Jazz. The standard one it came with felt a bit flimsy. The screw holes lined up exactly. I like the look and now I play like Jaco (not).