importance of the bridge on a jazz bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by damos, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. damos


    Feb 6, 2006

    what's the best option :
    Vintage fender..
    Badass like Marcus or other...
    New Kts Titanium...

  2. There are a lot of opinions/preferences on bridges here on TB...I prefer vintage Fender.
  3. Batmensch


    Jul 4, 2010
    Media, PA.
    I also prefer the Fender stamped steel bridge.
  4. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
  5. benmoore88

    benmoore88 Guest

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brisbane , Australia
    Me too
  6. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science!

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
    Please see Profile for Endorsement disclosures
    There are a lot of opinions on this & no "right" answer.

    I just installed a BadAss on a friends Jazz that had the stock vintage style. Spent a lot of time with the instrument & I could detect zero tonal/sustain difference. He insists it sounds better. ?

    If you've had trouble with bridge saddles drifting on a stock vintage bridge, then try a replacement. Virtually every popular bridge is good! I wouldn't expect a tonal difference though (unless you were already expecting a difference, in which case keep which ever makes you enjoy the instrument more!).
  7. dudelove

    dudelove Guest

    Apr 16, 2010
    Greenland, Nuuk
    vintage so far, but i have a babicz "WANTED" post
  8. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I suspect you should get the one that looks best to you if you don't like the one you have.

    I'm not saying there's no difference tonally, I'm just saying that you can probably get more improvement in tone from a few really good focused practice sessions.

    Perhaps the best question is how is your current bridge failing you?
  9. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Out of all the bridge I like the Gotoh 201 the best


    Still has the vintage vibe with the added mass, like the high mass bridges on the new American Fenders.

    I just put one on my custom Fender Jazz Fretless bass.

  10. Mark4


    Oct 21, 2007
    My Badass bridge sits in the parts bin. It's a good bridge, but so is the original. Between the two, I prefer the vintage look. Tonally, the original style bridge may sound a little more organic and a little less metallic to my ears, but that may be a matter of hearing with my eyes. The real world difference is negligible.
  11. Rocky McDougall

    Rocky McDougall Guest

    Apr 19, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    I prefer the Fender American Deluxe from a few years ago, the one with the black springs and the 3 groove saddles. They have a heavier plate but look correct and you can adjust the string alignment.
  12. I like the newer fender ones or the aftermarket ones. The actual vintage bridges on those old fenders were not very kind to your knuckles.
  13. Nobody

    Nobody Inactive

    Jul 14, 2004
    Bridges are important on all basses....
    OOD likes this.
  14. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Okay, I 'm intrigued with this statement. How does a bridge hurt your knuckles?
  15. sprocket123

    sprocket123 Guest

    Feb 15, 2012
    +1 on the Gotoh
  16. Jazz Ad

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    I spent ungodly amounts of money in super bridges.
    I did a lot of testing and finally realized that they didn't change much to the tone.
    Now I go by looks and features.
    Does it fit the idea I have for the bass? Is it easy to set up? How fast do I load strings in there?
    To me it's all that counts.
  17. i really like the Babicz Full Contact Hardware bridges. lots of sustain
  18. countbassiedad


    Apr 29, 2010
    No affiliations
    I love the Babicz FCH look, adjustability and resonance...

  19. I feel that while the Fender vintage threaded saddle bridges aren't the most stable on the market, they are part of what makes up the Fender sound. There is an airyness to the acoustics that just aren't there with the big clunker bridges.
  20. Like said, difference in tone between bridges is hardly noticeable. A well mounted bridge will never need to be adjusted sideways, So a simple bridge does the job > go by looks.

    Changing the nut will have a far greater influence: bone: more punch, graphite: more sustain.

    If you want to really improve your tone, buy top notch pickups.