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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by takdriver, Apr 21, 2012.
Would a Gotoh bridge be a good choice for a Mexican P-Bass? or any other suggestions?
What is it about the bridge currently on your instrument that you wish to improve?
To be honest, I love to tweak stuff that works perfectly fine in the first place.
Everybody seems crazy about the Babciz bridge.
If you're going to upgrade, go for something like a Hipshot with 6-way adjustability.
The gotoh 201 is a very good inexpensive upgrade to stock old style fender bridges and similair ones.
Every time I ask somebody about these they say that they are not so popular. Any other thoughts on these?
I had a Babciz for a while. Nice bridge but not worth the money IMO. I did like how completely adjustable it was and how the adjustments locked in place. Putting it on the body was a pain because you had to remove all the saddles to get to the screws. It didn't make a difference in to to my ears. I would save your money and get either a Gotoh or one of the generic Gotoh style bridges.
I'm fond of these generic bridges from Bass Parts Resource. I have used them on several basses and been very happy. It's the ones on the top row depending on which color you want.
Bass Parts Resource* ::*Aftermarket Economy Bass Bridges
I don't like any of the high mass bridges. Don't think they make much of a difference if any, and they make harder to get a nice low action imo. I replaced the high mass on my geddy clone and I'm much happier with it now with just a stock fender bridge (action and playability).
i have hi mass on all my basses BAII, G&L saddle lock, and gotoh 201
the only one i installed was the gotoh, it made a major difference, because the stock fender bridge i had could not be intonated due to saddle screw length and general shifting around of the saddles and screws
I like the Gotoh because the string height screws have a little groove to ride in, this gets rid of the side to side play that the stock Fenders have.
I also think its a better looking bridge than the BA or Babicz. I have them on every Fender style bass I own
Little bit of a Johnny come lately on this one & don't know if you pulled the trigger on getting something yet but I'll offer my experience with what I put on my MIM P. I started out with the Gotoh & it's a solid upgrade. I then threw a Fender Vintage Jazz bridge on it & liked it better than the Gotoh. I currently have a Babiscz on it, but am not blown away by it. I like a ringy sound & found the Fender VJ the best at getting what I was looking for. The Babiscz cleaned up the ringy-ness noticeably while the Gotoh seemed to be in the middle of the 2. So I guess it comes down to what your looking for in the style you play, for me it's the VJ.
I was so into the Babicz that I outfitted 3 basses with them. The only gripe I have is that the intonation addjustment screws would continually back themselves out. Intonation wouldn't be affected, but there would be noticable rattles suddenly. Easy loctite fix. Also - strings wouldn't really line up on either jazz or precision basses.
After picking up a bass with a threaded saddle vintage bridge, setting it up, and using it for a few weeks, I've ordered 3 of them. Chances are good that the Babiczs and BA2s will be on the market soon.
Having said that, I still think the Babicz is a cool, if overpriced product. If a new bridge is going to float your tweak boat, go for it!
Anyone have a spare bridge saddle for a 201