I'll be posting this topic again in the luthier forum when it opens, but for now, there's been a trend in manufacturers fitting bass bridges composed of individual units for each string- eg. Yamaha's new Nathan East signature bass, the new Yamaha John Myung prototype just posted in the basses forum, several Ibanez models- BTB, Soundgear. Status were the first I saw using the idea, on the Trace-Elliot T Bass. but what difference, if any, do they make to the tone? anyone tried variants of the same bass, one with a conventional bridge, one with the split bridge units? they claim "less crosstalk between strings", maybe more sustain, also they allow the break angle over each string to be the same by staggering the units to allow for the saddles to be correctly placed for intonation purposes, while staying the same distance from the string ball-end holders (assuming you use conventional and not tapered-winding strings).