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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Oct 13, 2006.
Which of these choices gives more sustain?
I vote high mass.
By isolating the string more completely, the string retains its energy in motion, thus more sustain.
high mass,i heard that string through adds no sustain whatsoever
I am going to agree that high mass is the way to go for sustain.
So is the string thru just a marketing gimmick?
No, certainly not. I think string though allows for more attack and clarity, as the string angle at the bridge is much greater when strung through the body. What good is sustain really anyways? When you think about it, how often do you let notes ring out for an extended period of time in a song? Even with the basic low mass design of the standard fender bridge, you should have enough sustain to handle almost anything. If anything, I would think high mass bridges could be considered "just a marketing gimmick"...
Why not just pick up a BAIII and have both?
My experience was :
string-thru = more attack
high mass = more sustain
I put a BAIII on my Am JBass and string it thou and it sounds great. Lots of sustain, attack, and clarity.
i do! ballads are precarious creatures.
still, all the more i love my sadowsky which has sustain for days! which leads me to believe that its more than just the bridge, cause the sad bridge doesnt look like a massive behemoth, rather a sum total of parts that contribute to the sustain and attack.
I put a Wilkinson replacement bridge on my crapular Fernendes P-bass and the sustain is ridiculous now. It didn't do much for clarity, but the brass saddles on the bridge must be the key.
Dude, high mass string thru FTW.
Bought a Fender MIM J, installed a BAII and noticed a difference in attack, realized it isn't "better", installed a '75 RI bridge. Now it sounds right.
High mass.. simply becouse i think the standard fender bridge looks "wimpy" Go highmass Stringthrough, and youll get it all.
What's more important is that the whole bass is designed to be rigid as a structure, in order to get sustain. A heavy bridge on a less rigid bass, (for example one made from predominantly soft, light woods) will give more sustain than a light bridge on the same instrument. Because at least some isolation from the dampening by the soft wood/design will occur thanks to the mass of the bridge.
However if the bass is made from solid and stiff wood, is structurally rigid then the bridge type will have considerably less influence.
I own stingrays with both through body and top mounted bridges and I'd challenge anyone to isolate the tonal characteristics that relate specifically to the type of string anchoring used.
+1. I've always thought the same thing. The only time sustain Might be an issue for me is on fretless.
just use both!
ATK= massive bridge + string through option. sustains forever.
not that i actually have a use for a note that lasts 30-40 seconds...