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How much does your bridge affect your tone?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by carlitoswhey, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. carlitoswhey


    Apr 3, 2009
    I've heard that micro tuning bridges such as though seen on a 90s fender p bass plus can rob tone. Any truth to that? And what about bridges in general? Will a bad ass II have more mids and punch then a hip shot? In other words what does a bridge do other than hold your strings?
  2. WArraarrrr!!!!
  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

  4. FrettFretless


    Jan 2, 2013
    I think all that a badass II does is make you twice as badass as the guy using the hipshot
  5. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    My genius engineer that works on instruments and amps explained that a high-mass bridge can block the resonance of the body, if you have a good-sounding piece of wood. In this case, a lighter stamped bridge will give you better sound than the heavy cast one.

    From a manufacturing point of view - High mass bridges are now used more often to maintain consistency from one instrument to another now that the old growth woods are mostly gone.

    Of course the nicer bridges that have better and finer adjustments can help you to be better in tune.
  6. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest

    Gimme Dat, Gimme Dat, Popcorn Please Dat Popcorn Please!!!!

    The more expensive the bridge the better the tone

    -Miley Cyrus
  7. Great now Dingwall is going to make a multi-mass bridge :rolleyes: what will they think up next :rolleyes:
  8. I own a few basses including a '96 PBass. To answer your question yes the bridge or even the saddles have a huge influence on tone. Now keep in mind that it is all a matter of taste. I used to replace all my Fender bridges by Badass hardware but over the years, my tastes have changed. I now prefer the good old bent bridges for their vintage tone. Less bright with less sustain but a more woody tone. Especially if you play with a pick or use Flatwounds. So it is not necessarily going to sound "better" if you replace the bridge. Just different.
  9. I believe it can contribute to the tone some, more so than the type of the wood. But its better to have a good functioning bridge to start though. I put a Babicz on my P bass so I could lock down the height and intonation and so far it has worked perfectly.
  10. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006

    The real question is: Can the difference be heard in the mix?
  11. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Your question is.....................How much does your bridge affect your tone?

    The answer is, not very much. As to whether it's worth it to replace a bent plate bridge for something that costs close to $100. Not much bang for the buck! Also to consider, in this day and age of the desire for light weight bass guitars, a high mass bridge is gonna add around 1/4 to 1/2 a pound of weight (125 to 250 grams)! And for what? Disputable improvement!
  12. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I can't hear any difference in tone at all when comparing the bridge with either the verse or the chorus.


    Anyway, I'd say my Jazz basses get a lot if not most of their sound character from the strings and from the J-Retro preamps and I doubt changing the bridge will make any significant difference. Add to that all the other tone processing from the pedal board and amp and I doubt if any difference the bridge makes would survive in the overall tone shaping. Just my gut feeling of course.
  13. carlitoswhey


    Apr 3, 2009
    But then will I be more hip with a hipsot?
  14. carlitoswhey


    Apr 3, 2009
    Good to know. So would a bad ass be considered high mass and hipshot light or what? And what other brands of bridges out there? I love the look on fodera bridges.
  15. carlitoswhey


    Apr 3, 2009
    Interesting. So the modern bridges produce a modern sound. That should be a no brainer but I never put it together :D I'm definitely going for a modern sound. How would you say the sound of a badass compares to a hipshot or any other bridge you've tried?
  16. carlitoswhey


    Apr 3, 2009
    Is babicz high mass? How does the sound compare to your old Bridge on your phone? Have you noticed any change in little details like string tension or a new type of low action you couldn't get before or is the only change in sound?
  17. carlitoswhey


    Apr 3, 2009
    Hmm. Very true
  18. It is NOT high mass, I replaced my old fender bridge with it because my screws were slipping and didn't want to bother putting nail polish on it. I want to say there is a difference in tone but I really couldn't say. I replaced the pickups at the same time.
  19. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    With a matching nut too...

  20. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.