Fancy bridge?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Tapiwa Shoko, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. Tapiwa Shoko

    Tapiwa Shoko

    Jul 13, 2017
    hey guys,can you give me suggestions on a fancy bridge i can put on an ibanez GSR gio206
  2. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Welcome to Talkbass.
    If you're willing to drill holes or rout the body you can use almost any bridge you desire. You are limited only by your budget. What does fancy mean? Do you want adjustable string spacing, locking saddles, high mass, roller saddles. ease of adjustment. aesthetically pleasing, are you willing to modify the instrument or do you want a drop in replacement? Define 'fancy' better.
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  3. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Alembic Bass Bridge.jpg First of all, welcome to Talk Bass...:thumbsup: Next, I'd have to agree with Sissy Kathy; need a little more information. But, as far as "Fancy" goes for ME, it's hard to beat the ones on an Alembic bass. This isn't mine, but it's pretty much the same as the one on my '96 Alembic Epic. It's a pain to set up, and a real pain to keep shiny, but for looks? Kinda hard to beat. Good luck finding one, though - that isn't already attached to a very expensive bass...;)
  4. Tapiwa Shoko

    Tapiwa Shoko

    Jul 13, 2017
    well , I was thinking of getting these mono rail bridges but at the same time I had also considered getting those hipshot bridges you find on a cort artisan 6,I have sent an image of my bass so that you see what i got. I heard another fellow saying mono rails give more tonal value and look superb hey

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  5. Tapiwa Shoko

    Tapiwa Shoko

    Jul 13, 2017
  6. Haroldo

    Haroldo Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2005
    North Shore, MA
    Welcome. Mr Sissy has sound advice - there are a plethora of aftermarket bridges out there, so it's best to know what you want and why.
  7. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    If you're looking for "better tone" from a bridge, you may be quite disappointed. Are you trying to fix a particular issue with this bass?
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  8. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Schaller Bridge.jpg The bridge you have is actually a pretty nice one, and honestly? I have to agree with guy n. cognito. Changing bridges for "tone" is one of those topics that are argued about ad infinitum around here, and I'm one of those that think it's pretty much a waste of time and money. Changing the bridge for looks, though, is another matter. I would suggest you go to a website like and see what they have to offer. Personally? If I need an aftermarket bridge, I get one of these; Schaller roller bridge. Or, IMO, a nice Fender P-Bass bridge cover would look good, too...;)
  9. Personally I think your bridge looks great. But I'm not you so swap it out. That Schaller roller bridge looks pretty cool.
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  10. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Ibanez's own B-306:

    2BB4ACA030 - B306 Bass Bridge, Cosmo Black


    This one comes stock on the SR506 & provides quick loading, no need to drag the string through a hole, just put the ball end in the socket & wind it onto the tuning capstan.
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  11. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    I've always been partial to Hipshot "A" bridges.
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  12. Tapiwa Shoko

    Tapiwa Shoko

    Jul 13, 2017
  13. Tapiwa Shoko

    Tapiwa Shoko

    Jul 13, 2017
  14. Tapiwa Shoko

    Tapiwa Shoko

    Jul 13, 2017
    [QUOTE="guy n. cognito] honestly speaking i want something super sweet on looks but assumed refined tone was in the packadge but thanks a lot hey
  15. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Here's the one I have on my Wolf 7.
    Photo0092.jpg Photo0091.jpg

    As far as a bridge helping your tone.....I don't know about that.
    There are other factors that have a greater control over tone than the bridge.
    Bridge questions
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
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  16. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    That's actually why I suggested the B306, because it should fit the same holes as the B16 you have now:

    2BB4ACA030_4A_01__32384.1390206250.1280.1280.jpg $_1.jpg

    B16 on the right

    I guess you could try contacting Ibanez & ask them...
    they have a forum

    Other Ibanez Basses - Ibanez Forum
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  17. Tapiwa Shoko

    Tapiwa Shoko

    Jul 13, 2017
    wow man thanks man, thats some pretty useful information
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  18. welcome!
    did you notice that you want to install a $150 bridge on a $350 bass?

    Probably there will be no difference (more than the looks).
    I will go with the black Ibanez bridge.
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  19. I like hipshot bridges. A hipshot installed and actually set up correctly for that bass will probably cost about 150 in parts and 75 in labor.
    That's 225 into a 300 dollar bass. I would save my $$$ for an upgrade bass that comes with a better bridge on it.
    As far as going with the ibby mono bridge I have found that they all sound dead without a lot of active eq. The concept of isolating strings makes sense but the actuality seems to pull a lot of harmonic overtones (read as sustain, brightness and clarity) out of the instrument.
    That said I'm sure I will be called out for this so the best bet is to go by gc and see if you can hear the difference for yourself.