Installing Hipshot bridge for 2016 Ric 4003s

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ricknote, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. ricknote


    Aug 3, 2006
    I just got a Hipshot bridge for my 2016 4003s Ric. Finally I'll be able to palm mute and use this bass more on gigs!
    Question: Can I solder the ground currently attached to the foam mute, to anywhere on the bottom of the Hipshot bridge?
  2. PaulCISSA

    PaulCISSA Unsweetened, highly-caffeinated Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Northest New Jersey
    I think you might have issues trying to get a good bond on the plated surface. That level of mass would also need some significantly concentrated heat to flow the solder. When I swapped out my bridge, I did the patented Leo Fender trick of stripping off some more insulation and creating a loop of wire in the shape of a circle and pinched it between the bridge and body. It’s been good since installing a couple months ago. No heat or solder involved. Good luck!
  3. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    ^^^^^ What he said. I just make a wire loop and tack solder it to hold its shape. Loop it around a bridge screw, and it should be fine. If it’s a black bridge, you might have to scrape back the anodize a little, but don’t unless you have to. I beveled the screw hole into the wood a little, gives the wire someplace to fit.
  4. ricknote


    Aug 3, 2006
    The bridge is chromed aluminum.
    Thanks for the advise guys. I'll knock this out today with the wire loop.
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