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Gotoh bridge review

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Flizzy21, May 21, 2008.

  1. Flizzy21


    May 13, 2007
    I am in need of a new bridge for a 2005 MIM jazz bass. The stock on has to many loose parts so the action is different every time i play it. From experiance, I dont particularly love the bassass bridges there kinda chunky and expensive compared to other options. I noticed a gotoh bridge the other day and they look nice and really cheap, so can anyone that has one of these bridges help me out? is is all solid or are there gonna be loose action problems like with the stock bridge?:help:
  2. wordsmith4u

    wordsmith4u Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Cincinnati, OH
    Just put the Gotoh 201 on my Jazz MIM two nights ago. You'll love it! Just weighty enough to add nice sustain to your sound, but not too chunky. Matches up perfectly to the holes, and looks damn nice, too!
  3. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
  4. ()smoke()


    Feb 25, 2006
    my experience with gotoh 201 is positive--i have one on my fretless J, my P and one to be installed on the fretted J i'm putting together
  5. I had one on my MIM Precision Special. It was fine. Did it's job, no intonation, tuning, sustain, etc. problems.

    One thing to note is that the saddle barrels are slightly bigger than the stock Fender ones. I wasn't able to get super low action because of this. YMMV.
  6. ()smoke()


    Feb 25, 2006
    good point--the lowest string ht achievable on the 201 is higher than that of the stock fender bridge

    this hasn't been an issue for fretted basses for me, but my fretless bridge is adjust to the min. ht with only a sliver of light beneath the barrels of the E and G saddles--i could go lower by shimming the neck
  7. miss g

    miss g

    Mar 30, 2008
    I just got a gotoh for my MIM fender p special and its great. So much better than the stock bridge. I had a bunch of problems with the stock bridge. Here are a few pictures. Really I don't think you could go wrong purchasing a gotoh.


  8. csala


    Aug 14, 2005
    Santa Monica, Ca
    Would anyone know if the Gotoh 203 fits under a Fender bridge cover (ashtray)? Thanks.
  9. kenjikun


    Apr 27, 2008
    Yes 203 will fit under the Jazz ashtray cover but the 201 won't. No idea with Precision though.
  10. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    It will, but you'll have to watch saddle height.
  11. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    The Gotoh bridges are great. I did the same upgrade on my mim Fender jazz. It worked great and sounds great but I did have to file the E string saddle down a bit to get a low action setup. I used a small round file and just made the grove deeper. You can get a Gotoh 201 bridge from Warmath for $30.00. The original Fender mim bridges are real cheap.
  12. I had an issue with my Gotoh as well, in that the saddle height was too high, even when as low as it would go. I shimmed the neck with a little piece of cardboard and actually had to raise the saddles back up a bit. Problem solved and the neck seems quite stable. Just a thought.
  13. therex


    Jun 24, 2007
    the bridge looks really nice compared to the stock bridge
  14. fenderphil


    Sep 1, 2006
    Houston, TX
    yeah. the 201 rules.

    i had my first one on my old modulus flea bass, then i got one for my jazz.

    they stay stable.

    btw, i replaced the one on my jazz with a gotoh because my stock bridge got crushed in transit in a soft case... i mean, it didnt crush it, but the height screws were all stripped out. i kept dropping strings and going... ***!??!?!? lol