Identifying vintage Gibson bass bridge - help required!

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  1. Ryan Shaw

    Ryan Shaw

    Aug 11, 2020
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    Hey, I'm looking for some help. I've been given a vintage Gibson EB3 (? - pic below), but it has no bridge piece. I've been searching online for original and replacement parts but can't seem to find any that fit.

    I have the tailpiece of the bridge and the posts here, but no bridge piece. I can't actually find another bass online with this type of bridge - only either the old 2-point single piece bridge, the tune-o-matic or the 3 piece bridge - all of which have integrated tailpieces.

    Am I missing something? Can anybody help me to identify this bridge piece or even where I can get the missing part?

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  2. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    That is not a Gibson but a Japanese knock off.
     
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  3. Ryan Shaw

    Ryan Shaw

    Aug 11, 2020
    Can you send a link or post a picture of the fender bridge?
     
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  4. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
  5. Ryan Shaw

    Ryan Shaw

    Aug 11, 2020
    Ah yes I see. Yeah, I'll try and find measurements for the fender bridge then to see if I could definitely attach it.

    Whats the deal with the Japanese knockoff thing? Truth be told, I don't know anything about this bass.
     
  6. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    That style of bass was made in Japan under a bunch of different names: Greco, Avon, Antoria, Jedson, etc.
    It's definitely missing the saddle: note that I state singular. This design doesn't allow for adjustment or intonation.
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    If you plan to keep it, I'd get a different bridge. I think that you will be challenged finding a direct replacement, but maybe the Hipshot SuperTone would work.
    https://www.wwbw.com/Hipshot-SuperTone-Gibson-2-Point-Bass-Bridge-424089.wwbw
     
  7. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I would be surprised if the spacing or the anchors lines up, there is also the threads to consider. Worth looking into though. The more I think about it I would just make a bar saddle and go with that.
     
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  8. Grunthor

    Grunthor

    May 19, 2020
    There is another top plate that is missing as well as the saddle. The saddle was a thin stamped piece of sheet metal that produced a bass sitar(!) like sound. I made a saddle out of a piano black key once. Bass is long gone and sadly, no pics.
    I have a spare top plate, if you want to make a saddle for it.
     
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  9. Ryan Shaw

    Ryan Shaw

    Aug 11, 2020
    Could you PM me some photos of it? That'd be great.
     
  10. Grunthor

    Grunthor

    May 19, 2020
    Sadly, I have no camera at the moment. If you want it, PM me your address and I'll send it along.
     
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  11. Ryan Shaw

    Ryan Shaw

    Aug 11, 2020
    I think this is what I'm going to do. How do you reckon I could go about it? Especially in order to get the intonation right.
     
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  12. Grunthor

    Grunthor

    May 19, 2020
    Usually, just angling the saddle is enough. All of the strings are wound.
     
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  13. ac100X

    ac100X

    Apr 6, 2003
    California
    From Talk Bass "Who still has their High School bass rig" #180.
    Looks like your bridge was two piece and you are missing part of it. This is one piece.

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  14. Mvf

    Mvf

    Feb 1, 2015
    Espoo, Finland
    That is not a Gibson bridge and the bass is not a Gibson. The pups, the switch, the finger rest ... are not correct

    edit: As I now see many have pointed out before me :)
     
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  15. ac100X

    ac100X

    Apr 6, 2003
    California
    Another one

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