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I've broken my bridge - help!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by smoothergroover, Feb 10, 2001.


  1. I was restringing my Modulus with 50-110s when this happened:eek:
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    It appears that the added tension of a 110 over a 105 was too much for the baseplate which suffered a brittle fracture where the saddle is locked with a floating nut (circled). I'm sorry about the quality of the pic.

    I was only tuning up to concert pitch when this happened. Is it normal for a 10 year old bridge of this design (Gotoh?) - How difficult will it be for me to replace it in the UK? Any help would be appreciated....
     
  2. Yikes!! I would first get with Modulus about the bridge and see if they can offer some help with spare parts. If that fails, you can get Gotoh bridges from any number of suppliers like

    http://www.allparts.com
    http://www.warmoth.com
    http://www.wdmusicparts.com

    I'm not sure of the design of that Gotoh bridge. It sort of looks like the #206 model but the saddles aren't the same. It could be that it is a proprietary model made for Modulus exclusively. My philosophy is that there isn't too much that is sacred when it comes to customizing so a high quality Gotoh replacement would fit the purpose very well. If you absolutely need to stick to the original style parts, you will have to go back to Modulus only.

    Assume that the break is not repairable. These cast bridges are made of a fairly dense but brittle alloy that allows for the smooth casting required for the chroming process. They can't be welded. Your choice of a new bridge could be one of the machined brass or aluminum replacements like the ABM and would be a definite upgrade from the current piece.

    Hope this helps.

     
  3. Cheers Hambone!

    I'll e-mail Modulus in due course and see what they say. I doubt I'll be able to source an identical bridge (you can't make it out in the pic but it is branded Modulus Graphite) so I'll probably shop for a gucci custom model.

    Thanks for the swift reply! :D
     
  4. Smoothergroover- check out Chandlers in Kew if you have trouble getting hold of a replacement bridge- they can get in Allparts and Warmoth stuff, and I saw a 5string version of your bridge (a Gotoh)- or at least one that looked a lot like it on a bass they'd built from parts.

    Rainbow products stock the WDProducts range including the Gotoh bridge by mailorder.
    http://www.rainbowproducts.co.uk/

    otherwise, The Gallery in Camden (Martin Petersen/Sei Basses) might have it too.

    [Edited by The Mock Turtle Regulator on 02-11-2001 at 07:49 AM]
     
  5. Cheers Turtle, I'll check them all out once I've contacted Modulus/have time/have money!

    Thanks a lot - and now I owe you an apology on another thread....;)
     
  6. Here is a clearer pic now that I've worked out how to use my camera properly :rolleyes:

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    The point of fracture = yellow
    Bridge fragments = red
    Floating nut on saddle = green

    I'd best use this one when I email Modulus methinks...
     
  7. NJXT

    NJXT

    Jan 9, 2001
    Lyon, FRANCE
    I've got a Gotoh bridge on my 5 string BassCollection and it has kind the same break has yours (although it's still holding/working for now !)
    Could it be a current flaw in Gotoh bridge ?