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Help deciding a hipshot bridge (string spacing).

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by halz426, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. halz426


    Jan 14, 2014
    Hey all, hope someone can help.

    So I have an old washburn xb-600. I finally got serious about upgrading this bass after gigging it a couple of years.

    I ordered new strings for it (infeld flatwound bass strings size 33-136), Gonna get a brass nut installed and a new brass hipshot bridge and a fresh setup for the strings.

    I measured my bridge spacing with a dial caliper across all the strings (divided by 5) and then individually.

    Basically my string spacing is .585. (according to my thoughts)

    I measured a total of 2.956 across the whole bridge which equated to .5912 (measured from closest saddle to the pickups)

    The spacing between the strings individually was .585 and was consistent between strings.

    The smallest spacing hipshot sells is .656 and .669 (according to website) so I am confused as to what spacing I need to order.

    I am looking at the adjustable A model bridge. It says the saddle can be adjusted to .080 either way.

    So with the adjustments they both seem like it can be close . Just not sure which one to bite the bullet on.

    Any input would be appreciated.​
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  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    .656 is closest to ,585 so you won't have to set the rollers so far off center. The wider spacing will put your outer strings farther off center closer to the edge of the saddle block

    .656-.585=..071 this works barely
    .656 X 5 = 3.33 -2.925 =. 405

    ,669-.585=..084 actually you'll be out f space and be too wide with this.

    Call and ask if the make other spacings if not another brand would be better. .
  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    This. FWIW, I always measure string spacing center-to-center.

  5. halz426


    Jan 14, 2014
    Thanks for the input and equations. I appreciate it.

    After some research, it seems that the only bridge that will fit is a Kahler Bridge: P#: 2450N-6 (fixed bridge)

    Minimum string spacing: .550
    Minimum outside spacing: 2.750
    Link: https://www.kahlerusa.com/public/pdf/2440%20Series%20Modular%20Bridge%20Systems%20Specifications%20-%20Fixed%20Bass%20Bridge.pdf

    So that will work, the hipshots are on a 4-8 week backorder.

    Does anybody have any experience with these Kahler bridges. I had a kahler floyd rose bridge on an old guitar and it was "so so not too impressive".

    It does seem super adjustable.

    I am replacing my bridge because the old "factory" bridge is bending at the tail and pulling off the body.

  6. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    I had one of the Kahlers on a Modulus 6er back in the day and it was a great bridge. Infinitely adjustable, really. Kind of complex, but sturdy and perfect for difficult string spacings.

    FWIW, I know which guitar trem you mean... those are underwhelming to say the least.