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Drop in bridges for P-bass.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Mazinger, Dec 6, 2002.


  1. Mazinger

    Mazinger Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2002
    USA
    Anyone know which aftermerket bridges are good drop ins for a MIM p-bass?

    I also want to avoid making more holes in the body, so just the same 3 hole mounts only.

    I generally hate "drop in" aftermarket replacements since most of the ones I've had experiences with never fit right without minor modifications.
     
  2. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Most( if not all ) MIM P's Ive encountered have been 5 hole bridges, in which case the Badass 2 or a Gotoh 201 are direct replacements.

    Im not sure about 3 hole bridges, since the only ones I can recall seeing were on MIA's, and are string thru Basses.

    Check out www.allparts.com for a pretty decent selection of bridges and other accessories.
     
  3. Mazinger

    Mazinger Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2002
    USA
    Oops. You're right. I was thinking of the MIA bridge.

    The MIM is the one I'm looking for though.:D
     
  4. lemonadeisgood

    lemonadeisgood

    Aug 22, 2001
    Canada
    How is the gotoh 201 compared to the badass 2 in terms of size? Are they both "high mass" bridges?
     
  5. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    They're both "drop-ins" for 5-hole Fender type mounts.
    The 201 is more compact (smaller baseplate) than the
    Badass (see pics).

    The Badass II (IME) has a bit more mass than a Gotoh 201.
    I've tried both and each sound great. My old-fart ears really
    didn't hear that much difference :p. I hadn't actually weighed
    them, but I thought the B/A II was heavier. I went with the 201
    more for "cosmetic" reasons. A B/A II on my little yammer rbx260f
    looked kinda' silly - the bridge actually hung over the end of the
    body. Note in the pics how there's more distance from the screw-
    holes to the backplate on the B/A II than there is on the Gotoh.
    The B/A II looks o.k. on a P or J coz there's more "body"
    behind the bridge.

    Badass II (right]

    [​IMG]


    Gotoh 201 (C, B, & G, resp.)

    [​IMG]
     
  6. lemonadeisgood

    lemonadeisgood

    Aug 22, 2001
    Canada
    Hey thanks a lot notduane.

    I'm about to order a Badass II.