Gotoh Bridge?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by takdriver, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. takdriver

    takdriver Guest

    Apr 15, 2012
    Would a Gotoh bridge be a good choice for a Mexican P-Bass? or any other suggestions?
  2. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    What is it about the bridge currently on your instrument that you wish to improve?
  3. takdriver

    takdriver Guest

    Apr 15, 2012
    To be honest, I love to tweak stuff that works perfectly fine in the first place.
  4. Rocky McDougall

    Rocky McDougall Guest

    Apr 19, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    Everybody seems crazy about the Babciz bridge.
  5. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    If you're going to upgrade, go for something like a Hipshot with 6-way adjustability.
  6. darkstorm

    darkstorm Guest

    Oct 13, 2009
    The gotoh 201 is a very good inexpensive upgrade to stock old style fender bridges and similair ones.
  7. takdriver

    takdriver Guest

    Apr 15, 2012
    Every time I ask somebody about these they say that they are not so popular. Any other thoughts on these?
  8. 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
  9. 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).

    My $0.02
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  10. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    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
  11. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    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
  12. Chizel

    Chizel Guest

    May 8, 2012
    Lehigh Valley PA
    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.
  13. 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!
  14. PawleeP


    Oct 8, 2012
    East Coast
    Anyone have a spare bridge saddle for a 201 mim p pickup midnite wine 1.jpg