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Fender High Mass Bridge vs. regular - screw compatible?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bholder, Mar 26, 2017.


  1. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Are Fender High Mass bridges mounting screw-hole compatible with their regular ones? I could check for myself but don't feel like disassembling - anyone happen to know offhand? Looks likely?
     
  2. davedblyoo

    davedblyoo "All the mayhem and none of the sticky mess."

    Nov 15, 2012
    Augusta, GA
    The High Mass vintage bridge will drop right into any American Standard bass. I swapped the original bridge on my '95 American Standard with one. Love it.
     
  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Ok great, thanks. I'm thinking of pulling mine off and selling it, replacing it with a Hipshot with Fender compatability, just because black would match so much better on this particular bass. :D
     
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    ooh!

    send me the old one, i'll take it over pretty much any other bass bridge out there! low mass, steel saddles, string-through-only so it's always rock-solid, and unlike the later versions with the bigger grooves on the low saddles you can actually get all 4 strings at a perfectly equal distance from each other.
     
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  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    what do you mean by "regular"?

    the real difference is between the string-through-body ones and the top-mount ones. the string-throughs all use 3 screws, starting with the original early '50s bridges. the top-mounts all use 5 screws.

    the two overall types are not swappable without surgery.
     
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  6. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    I don't think there's a Hipshot available that is a direct replacement for the 3 hole Fender HMV, or the earlier 3 hole variant.
     
  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I meant the top mount 5 hole type. The Hipshot "Fender compatible" style is 3 holes, uses the center and outer 2 Fender holes leaving 2 empty.
     
  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    May be putting it up in the classifieds, will try to remember to let you know. :)
     
  9. AmericanFenderJazzMan

    AmericanFenderJazzMan Guest

    Jan 24, 2016
    anybody know of a replacement for High mass bridge on american pro precision bass?? I don't like it on my american fender pro P bass.........can't get strings low enough action before they fret buzz out so i swapped out the neck for a jazz bass neck and want to replace High mass Bridge.... anybody know of a replacement?? thanks
     
  10. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    I'm with @walterw on this, I'm pretty sure the holes are different spacing.
     
  11. Rockonjp76

    Rockonjp76

    Aug 8, 2016
    716, NY
    The 5 screw top load bridges are the same. Just put an omega bridge on my Fender American Special Precision-perfect fit, so the fender high mass should drop right in.
     

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