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Installing a Rickenbacker bridge..

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by lpcarter, Jan 27, 2012.


  1. lpcarter

    lpcarter Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Hey! I hope this is the proper spot to post this question...

    I'm considering installing a Rick bridge on a Lakland Skyline Hollowbody. Not sure if this is an awesome idea or a terrible one...I'm mainly after the adjustable string mute. Awesome awesome feature.

    Thoughts? Yay? Nay?
     
  2. Randall

    Randall

    Aug 6, 2009
    Canada.
    Have you measured your string spacing compared to a rick?
    Other than that and the fact you might have the "tail lift" issue go for it :D
     
  3. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Putting a Rickenbacker bridge/tailpiece assembly on anything other than a Ric is not really a good idea.

    Did you know you have to route out some wood to make it fit? Most other bridges will simply bolt on to the surface of the bass.

    Go to ebay and search "bass bridge 4" and there will be hundreds of bridges that will work better than what you proposed.
     
  4. lpcarter

    lpcarter Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    well, THE reason I'd want a Ric bridge, is the adjustable string mute. I don't know of any other bridges with that built in
     
  5. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
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  6. 76sagi

    76sagi

    Jan 26, 2012
    Sounds like a tricky operation with routing out a hollow-body, but if you are handy with a router it could be really cool AND you'd get your mute feature.
     
  7. 76sagi

    76sagi

    Jan 26, 2012
    ha!
     
  8. geddeeee

    geddeeee

    Jun 30, 2006
    If you want the 'mute' function, do what they did in the sixties and seventies, put a piece of foam under the strings near the bridge... Hey Presto.

    A Rickenbacker bridge ain't the way to go on your bass. As pointed out, some routing is required,,,,
     
  9. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    2 words ... palm mute.
     
  10. lpcarter

    lpcarter Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    I palm mute like crazy on my musicmaster. Has flats, sounds awesome (thanks, Aero..!) and when I considered the ease attached to adjusting a bridge...it sounded like a great idea :) I play for one group that requires a lot of palm muting. A bunch.
     
  11. Marton

    Marton

    Sep 20, 2005
    Quebec
  12. JLS

    JLS

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Anything is a better idea, than a Ric bridge.
     
  13. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    agreed!

    ric bridges are the worst things ever.
     
  14. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    OK. It's unanimous
     
  15. mccartneyman

    mccartneyman

    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    No no no, especially on a hollow body.! And a slab of foam is not adjustable. Lats I heard the BassMute guy had not been returning e-mails.
     
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Even my Rickenbackers don't have Rick bridges ...

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  17. lpcarter

    lpcarter Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    I love this. Probably why it's in your avatar.
     
  18. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Appleton
  19. JLS

    JLS

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    A guitar tech joke:

    Why are Rickenbackers like supermodels?

    They look great, but as soon as you get into them, you see how f****d up they are!
     
  20. I'm trying to decide what to replace my '74 Ric's bridge with. It certainly isn't the best design.

    Don't put one of these friggin' things on a perfectly good Lakland man!
    Cut a nice neat hunk of foam and slide it under the strings at the bridge, as other folks here suggested. And regarding this, palm muting on the Ric's friggin' bridge is uncomfortable unless you REMOVE at least one of the big turn-in screws for its built-it string mute device (which I've never used and the foam rubber dried up long ago. I only kept it because the ground wire is attached to it).

    Not everything has to be modified. ;)
     

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