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Ibanez sr countersunk bridges

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by non, Dec 2, 2017.


  1. non

    non

    Aug 4, 2015
    the ibanez sr line has countersunk bridges. does anyone know why they are the only manufacturer that i know of that does this?
    i have two srs and have always wondered.
     
  2. PeaveyPlayer

    PeaveyPlayer Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    I believe the yamaha attitude BS has one
     
  3. I never thought about it until now. I suppose it allows Ibanez to use their thick pot metal base and saddles. Without being countersunk, the saddles would sit too high in relation to the fretboard.
     
  4. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Could be the pot metal thing. Not really sure. I think Spector does that on some models as well.

    The Schaller roller bridge fits in the rout (at least on the 5 strings) if anyone cares.
     
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  5. Raw N Low

    Raw N Low If I can't hear it, hopefully I'll feel it Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Denver, Colorado
    My guess would be it helps keep the playing action low. SR's have thin bodies and necks. Sitting a bulky bridge on top could lead to higher action. I'm happy that they are starting to use the mono rail saddles on more models.
     
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  6. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Agree. The mono rails are sweet. I do wish they would get away from smoked chrome.
     
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  7. I much prefer cosmo black over the gold hardware they're using in the Premium line.

    I'm also confident that the bridges on SR300E & SR400EQM are surface mounted:

    SR300E_AFM_1P_01_CU_Body_Top.jpg

    Here's a photo of the Accu-Cast B120:

    ibanez-bass-bridge-4-string-accu-cast-b120-cosmo-black-2bb4aca009-2bb4aca009_0.jpg
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2017
  8. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    I'll take anything over gold.
     
  9. I wanted to change the gold hardware on my Premium, but it would cost over $200.
     
  10. Raw N Low

    Raw N Low If I can't hear it, hopefully I'll feel it Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Denver, Colorado
    Agreed. I always thought the matte hardware finishes looked more professional and appropriate.
     
  11. Aria-Matsumoku aria thor9.jpg also did a countersunk bridge/tailpiece on their pro-II instruments as seen on my 1981 TSB-550. These were made of solid brass.
     
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  12. non

    non

    Aug 4, 2015
    i though it might have something to do with the action to. they are countersinking the mono rails to.
     
  13. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Maybe it's Ibanez tone voodoo?
     
  14. It's because the bodies on SR basses aren't flat.
    They mill a flat area so the bridge gets full contact and is aligned with the neck correctly.
     
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  15. Btw, I absolutely LOVE that finish! =)
     
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  16. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    The correct answer
     
  17. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Now that just makes too much sense.
     

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