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Hipshot bridge brass vs aluminum

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by gimmeagig, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Hipshot makes an A style bridge out of Aluminum or Brass. There's only a few dollars difference in price.
    Is it possible to tell the difference in sound?
    Why would I choose one over the other?
  2. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I honestly don't know why they offer those two options only. My guess is brass is more expensive simply because brass itself is a more expensive metal than aluminum. I would doubt that you would be able to hear any difference between the two. Flip a coin.
  3. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    All other things being equal, brass will be heavier.
    That may translate into a tiny bit more sustain than with the aluminum bridge.
    The difference in weight may also be enough to change the feel of how the instrument balances on a strap.
  4. jaredkurtov

    jaredkurtov Commercial User

    Aug 8, 2012
    Taos NM
    Owner/Builder: Kurtov Stringed instruments, West Asheville Lutherie
    I found that the aluminum version has more punch and the brass has more compression/sustain.
  5. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    Aluminum Hipshots on all 3 of my Crook basses...slightly brighter sounding, better note definition, as opposed to the darker sounding brass bridges.
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  6. I've had both and the above observations are correct.

    I think builders say brass on brighter sounding wood, aluminum on dark sounding wood.

    Most useable bridge on the market IMO. They never have problems like many I read about here.
  7. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    I've A/B'd them on basses and found the aluminum gave the "vintage" tone well and the brass was "modern".

    The functional aspect was that the aluminum had a more muffled, subdued tone that would be ideal for, say, classic rock, motown, reggae.

    The brass was in your face with sustain for days. Great for metal, funk, punk, or that crystal-clear smooth jazz stuff.
  8. Jaycephas

    Jaycephas Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Waxhaw, NC
    Sorry to update an old post, but ditto this statement. I just finished a Warmoth parts build and the Aluminum Hipshot on the Alder body is perfect. Great replacement bridges.
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  9. bmac314

    bmac314 It is, what it is Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2015
    Bossier City, LA
    This is great to hear, I just started a Warmoth build and I have the Hipshot Aluminum bridge waiting to be installed.
  10. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    So the brass would be a better option for the Ric replacement bridge if you are looking for more brightness and sustain? Anybody know how it affects the balance on a Ric?
  11. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    i think @JimmyM had an anecdote that various different bridges made no real sound difference except for the aluminum hipshot which sucked so bad he quickly removed it.
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  12. Jaycephas

    Jaycephas Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Waxhaw, NC
    For me, the Aluminum Hipshot (see my avatar) on an Alder body is like 'peas and carrots'. On a lighter bass, I would choose brass. I have many bridges on many different basses and i think it comes down to the builder and preference.
  13. stuntbass77


    Nov 6, 2007
    I believe all Mike Lull basses use the aluminum bridge.
  14. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013
    I have an aluminum on my p bass and a brass on my jazz bass. I feel like like the brass has more sustain. It's also heavy as all hell. Haha.
  15. What sucked so bad about it? I'm trying to decide between these two so I'm curious.