Is this aftermarket Vintage Fender bridge better than the stock standard Mexican ones?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Sean775, May 10, 2018.

  1. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It has adjustable string spacing. That's an objective benefit. So I suppose it's better in that respect. Although it's far from the best way to have adjustable spacing. Those grooves don't hold the string in place as well as other bridges.
  2. It's better but I wouldn't go buy a new bridge over that. If you want you can get those saddles for your present bridge.
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  3. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    That's what I do with the Fender bridges. I get the threaded barrel saddles only from All-Parts. Much cheaper than buying an entire Fender bridge.
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  4. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    One thing about those Fender bridges is the saddle screws are nice and chunky. Big screws + thin plate = toan.

    (my theory).
  5. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Only if you want to change the string spacing.
  6. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    No. Save your money.
  7. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    If I was going to upgrade a bridge, I'd get a quick release one:

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  8. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    If you want threaded saddles, here you go.
    Guitar Parts Factory - Bass Saddles
    Upper right hand corner of this page. Half the cost of a complete bridge.
    That said, there are several nice aftermarket bridges out these days that won't break the bank.
    fender five screw bass bridge - Google Search
    I've got J basses with threaded saddle bridges, BA II bridges, Schaller lockers with top load option, and Babicz, and they are all good bits of kit.
    Last edited: May 12, 2018
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  9. Hey KBD, that is a beautiful bridge, but what the heck is it? I want one just for the looks!
  10. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician - Retired
    J510SJ | G-GOTOH Ltd.
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  11. Thanks Turnaround!