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Hipshot A & B bridges

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by chinjazz, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Hi, anyone know if the A style he adjustable bridges are worth the effort?

    I'm building a modernish 5 string - MM pickup at the bridge and am on the fence between A & B.

    I've never owned an A, but many B types.

    Also, what's different between aluminum and Brass?

  2. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    I really like the A-style bridge as far as high-mass bridges go. It's pretty much perfect in terms of design and adjustability. I have a B-style on my fretless but I like the adjustable string spacing and the overall look on the A better.

    Regarding aluminum versus brass, the differences are mostly speculative. The brass will be heavier. Whether or not that added density leads to an audible difference is debatable and difficult to quantify. The general consensus is that brass adds sustain and clarity while aluminum adds sustain and midrange focus. However I cannot verify these claims. I always choose brass for my high mass bridges or Leo's bent steel plate bridge.

  3. I always wondered about these things. I agree with you on the look of the A style. It looks sleek. I'll most likely get an an A style for my next bass. Thanks for the feedback!
  4. IronLung1986


    May 19, 2010
    Exeter, NH
    my bridge philosophy is that simpler is better. less moving parts means less can go wrong. and it would appear that the B style provides all the necessary adjustability...i mean, how often does one change the string spacing?
  5. IronLung1986, I like your philosophy from a player stand point. Since I'm building a bass for the first time an A style may afford me some wiggle room on slight misfortunes of my potentially goofed up routing or assembly. Essentially, if I do everything right, a B will be fine I'm sure :)
  6. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    I've used both. The "A" looks great but the "B" sounds better. To me The "B" seems to transfer more of the bottom end information from the string to the bass.

    Less parts = moar tone
  7. IronLung1986


    May 19, 2010
    Exeter, NH
    oh I see! well best of luck with the build then!
  8. Thanks! We'll see.. I may put a B or A, depending on how it looks, but thanks for the feedback. I am leaning toward the B because I always seem to stack tone on the top of my priorities above all else.
  9. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    Have you compared an aluminum plate B with brass saddles to an all brass B?
  10. I ended up with an all brass (chrome) A due to a good deal found in the classifieds here. Looks awesome, but as I go I may have a chance to try a B style to compare, we'll see.
  11. RedJag


    Mar 2, 2016
    Im 5 years late to the game, but I just wanted to point out that the B Style is available with Threaded Steel rods which gives you tons of adjustability as far as string spacing is concerned
  12. Hey RedJag,

    I'm curious where you're finding a B style bridge with adjustability for string spacing? I hadn't heard about this.

  13. RedJag


    Mar 2, 2016
    On the Hipshot website they specifically mention being able to purchase the bridge with Threaded rods.
  14. I hadn’t seen that specific to being able to adjust string spacing. Maybe I’m missing it.
    Can you send the link your referencing?
  15. RedJag


    Mar 2, 2016
    The whole point of a threaded rod is that the strings can be placed at any point on the rod. Allowing you basically any string spacing that you’d like.
  16. Gotcha, like an older Fender vintage bridge.
    I’ll see who sells them.
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  17. RedJag


    Mar 2, 2016
    Saddles for Style B Bridges
    Direct from Hipshot. If you don’t have a Style B bridge yet you can order one from them with the saddles
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