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Heavy replacement for MIM 5er bass bridge?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by vindibona1, May 17, 2018.

  1. vindibona1


    Apr 18, 2015
    At some point, probably soon I'd like to replace the bridge on my MIM 5er (toploader) with a heavy bridge. I've got a Gotoh 201-b4 on my 4 string and if nothing else it looks cool and was a drop-in.

    I'd like to find a heavy mass bridge that is a drop in where I don't have to drill and fill holes but am having difficulty locating one with the same hole locations. So I'm wondering if anyone has knowledge of such a bridge? Here's a photo of the hole design in my current bridge. TIA

  2. mesaplayer83


    Jun 27, 2017
    Frankly, I wouldn't replace it - I purposely used one of those bridges on a US Peavey Foundation 5, and think it's an excellent bridge... Peavey Hardshell Case(1).JPG
  3. vindibona1


    Apr 18, 2015
    You may be right. It does sound pretty good as is and maybe a heavy bridge is overkill. I just put an Audere pre-amp in it and is a beast just as is. I did put a heavy Gotoh bridge on my 4 string and if nothing else it added to the coolness factor. But my MIM 5er is pretty cool looking as is.
  4. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
  5. mesaplayer83


    Jun 27, 2017
    Well, there isn't anything lacking with that bridge as is, IMO - the saddles, screws, intonation screws and springs are all quite functional and heavy duty as is - and the bridge plate itself is beefier than a typical Fender "bent tin" bridge plate... I have to say that it's worked extremely well on the Foundation 5 in my pic, and I have no intention whatsoever of changing it...

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