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High Mass 3 Hole Replacement Bridge

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Brentt68, Mar 31, 2018.


  1. Brentt68

    Brentt68

    Jan 9, 2009
    Washington
    Help! I need a bass bridge that has 3 mounting holes, is chrome, that is high mass and for a string through body. The bass I need it for is a Fender 1998 American Deluxe Jazz Bass. I have high mass bridges on a few other P-basses and really love them but I am afraid of getting the wrong size replacement bridge this time. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
  3. Brentt68

    Brentt68

    Jan 9, 2009
    Washington
  4. Brentt68

    Brentt68

    Jan 9, 2009
    Washington
    Help! I need a bass bridge that has 3 mounting holes, is chrome, that is high mass and for a string through body. The bass I need it for is a Fender 1998 American Deluxe Jazz Bass. I have high mass bridges on a few other P-basses and really love them but I am afraid of getting the wrong size replacement bridge this time. Thanks in advance!
     
  5. saabfender

    saabfender SUSPENDED

    Jan 10, 2018
    Indianapolis
    Only three holes is an odd requirement. Why would you just use any standard 5-hole bridge (like the one you used before)?
     
  6. Brentt68

    Brentt68

    Jan 9, 2009
    Washington
    Because it only has 3 mounting holes. It's a string through body.
     
  7. benrtd

    benrtd

    Feb 26, 2018
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  8. saabfender

    saabfender SUSPENDED

    Jan 10, 2018
    Indianapolis
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  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    High mass bridges made Fenders I've played sound less aggressive. If that's the goal, they're great.
     
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  10. saabfender

    saabfender SUSPENDED

    Jan 10, 2018
    Indianapolis
    Now I'm thinking seriously of putting a string-thru bridge on my MIM Jazz. I've got a set of black grommets in the other room.



    I have had the opposite experience with the relative aggressiveness on Fenders after getting a better bridge. I think the tone is better focused, which is helpful during aggressive playing.
     
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    IME that more focused sound has a harder time cutting through in the mix. I've had very focused instruments that got buried on the first song. And stock Fenders that refused to be buried.

    Not saying anyone shouldn't go for more focus, just that I've run into a lot of players who haven't noticed this.

    I looked at the video, heard some differences, didn't find any of the playing to sound aggressive. Good luck.
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2018
  12. Dluxe

    Dluxe

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    If you can find a Leo Quan Badass III bridge they are a direct replacement.

    463590000375000-00-500x500.
     
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  13. Honest question: doesn't string-thru mostly mostly remove the advantage of having a high-mass bridge (ie, having a high-mass anchor for the strings)? Seems like it's adding weight for not much benefit.
     
  14. craigie

    craigie

    Nov 11, 2015
    calgary
    I bought a second hand badass bridge and installed it in a fender bass. Didn’t improve it IMO. Also looks worse and the threads are stripped on the E string saddle so I had to shun it with cut up soda cans. Waste of money.
     
  15. mobdirt

    mobdirt Guest

    Jun 14, 2017
    upload_2018-4-2_5-12-42.
    fender hmv bridge
     
  16. Jordybass

    Jordybass "Like a head with my chicken cut off" Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    On four my Fender basses, three are the Bad Ass II and one is the Bad Ass III for strings through body. They all sound great!
     
  17. Shun the badass! Seriously the badass is ok, but no holy grail IMO. It’s a nice big hunk of chrome. I have a badass II on my frankenjazz to help balance it because of the Paulownia body.
     
  18. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    I’d just go with the Fender HM bridge.

    Babicz is also a good bridge, had a slightly more complex adjustment procedure and will change the aesthetic of the bass.
     
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  19. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    I've got one of those on my J bass. It is awesome! :thumbsup:
     

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