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Individual String Saddles

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by monkeyfinger, Jul 24, 2002.

  1. monkeyfinger

    monkeyfinger Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I have been seeing a lot of basses coming out with individual string saddles. What is the benefit?
  2. monkeyfinger

    monkeyfinger Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Wait, let me re-phrase that:

    I don't mean individual string saddles, I mean individual bridge units for each string.
  3. Winston TK

    Winston TK Hairpiece Adventurer

    Oct 8, 2001
    Burnaby, BC Canada
    What you are describing sounds like the "Monorail Bridge Design" that seems to be more and more in fashion with certain manufacturers these days.

    Aside from looking quite cool, I believe the thinking behind this feature is to attempt to further isolate the vibration of each string at the bridge end, potentially enhancing sustain.
  4. monkeyfinger

    monkeyfinger Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    So if you were going to make a custom designed bass, would you use these over a conventional bridge?
  5. Balor


    Sep 24, 2000
    Montréal, Québec
    no... the impact on tone, sustain and string crosstalk is negligible at best.
    The dominant factor for the bridge is mass... a heavier bridge will give out less energy to the body and other strings, thus giving more sustain. As for the monorail design, the type of contruction might have more impact on it's performance... a necktrough bass would probably kill any of the desired outcome, since it's the same piece of wood from bridge to nut.
    This is all speculation, I've had a BTB with monorail bridge but this is only 1 bass...
    take care

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