Is Leo Quan outta business??

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by SX lover, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. SX lover

    SX lover

    Jun 14, 2009
    Hey is Leo Quan("Badass Bass Bridges")outta business?? No-one(online or music store...)has their bridges,and they state that they are not going to get any in,"now...or in the near future".:eek:
  2. Mazatleco17


    Mar 27, 2008
    As far as I know Leo was sick.
  3. SX lover

    SX lover

    Jun 14, 2009
    Hey Esposito...How hard is it to make your own "string grooves" in the barrels?? And thanks for the info,Mazatleco. Bassist are buying "Badasses" like 10 cent cheeseburgers. I guess once they are gone...then i "guess" that's it. I wanted a "grooved" Badass II(for my SX P-bass...)but everyone was out of them,so i settled for a "Gotoh" 201.
  4. 60bass

    60bass Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2005
    North Carolina
    I heard the same thing. Also heard that Leo was kind of persnickety and wasn't going to sell the license for the bridges to anyone, preferring to let the BA go by the wayside when he's gone.

    I can't believe that the most popular replacement bridge ever made for Fender's would go away. My guess is that after Leo is gone and the patents run out, somebody will start making the bridges again. I guess I'll pick up a couple now before it's too late.

    FWIW I find the pre-grooved BA's not as articulate as the non grooved but that's just me I guess.

    Keep Low :bassist:
  5. Mazatleco17


    Mar 27, 2008
    No prob, true on your statement that they selling like "10 cent cheeseburgers" but good call on the gotoh 201 good quality bridge for a lower price.
  6. bass4worship

    bass4worship Ready For Freddy, let rock

    May 4, 2009
    Sebring, Florida
    I use a small v file from HD. Install bridge and strings and mark barrels with felt pen.
  7. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I use nut files...expensive but I prefer them for working on nutslots anyway.
  8. Brian D

    Brian D

    Dec 2, 2004
    Dublin, Ireland
    It's a wonder Fender doesn't buy it.
  9. Crockettnj


    Sep 2, 2005
    North NJ
    what really makes them so good? high mass, ungrooved, fully adjustable. other than that, its not rocket science, no? I'd have to think this is somthing that will be copied (offshore?) and sold for cheap, if not already.

    aside from
    being a "badass", is there something else to it that makes this design ingenious?

    (sorry for the mini-hijack)
  10. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    The new ones won't have the same "vintage mojo"! :eek:

  11. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    They are popular because were the first major aftermarket high mass bridge replacement (they were originally popular for changing out Gibson bridges even before Fender) that I can remember hearing about.
  12. crow01


    Sep 1, 2008
    they all over to place, don't you know Ebay? I am pretty sure someone has a whole bunch of stock on these
  13. ajken


    Jun 22, 2009
    has anyone tried to buy from this site? Im trying but paypal is not working. And there is no phone number to call....
  14. chris0186

    chris0186 Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Crystal Lake, IL
    I tried to buy a badass II from that site a few weeks ago and they said they didn't have any in stock. They'll give you a refund eventually, but you should probably email them.
  15. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    Ya ebay or craigslist (private sellers) are probably your only route, I've been hunting all over the net for over a month and can't find any retailers with them in stock.
  16. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in call at a time.

    Any news on this? I have a buddy that works for Fender (several of their basses use BadAss bridges, stock). He said he's heard nothing about Leo Quan shutting it down, but added that doesn't mean it isn't so.

    It strikes me as strange that the most popular replacement bridge in the industry would just cease production and disappear. If there wasn't the desire to continue ownership, would not the business be worth selling to Hipshot or Gotoh or whatever? You'd think the competition would be in a bidding war!