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New 2019 Rickenbacker Bridge

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Maestro29, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Half way there, give them another 55 years to refine the rest.
  2. RissKippery

    RissKippery Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2016
    How long ago did you get the bridge? I got one installed recently and checked with Hipshot before buying it and they said this problem has been rectified with a slight design change.
  3. Matt R.

    Matt R.

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    Cool, but will it actually intonate? Also, are they adding warp-free fingerboards to the mix?
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  4. I like it. Interested to play a new one now.
  5. I owned a 72 4001FL that had a very thin neck profile, was actually too thin for me, I don't think the truss rod design has anything to do with the thickness, although of course I am not positive. I like the vintage pickups. The old bridge doesn't bother me, I just loosen whatever string I want to adjust and it's easy.
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  6. I know, it's kind of a sport around here.
    Jeff Scott likes this.
  7. How does the string spacing move side to side, I have an aftermarket bridge for an EB-3 with separate Allen screws to move it. Being able to move the string spacing is a great idea.
    Phud likes this.
  8. If you really want to palm mute it looks like that forward piece could be removed easily enough and, you know, put in a drawer and forgotten about.
  9. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I found out about this new bridge a couple of weeks ago when they announced it on Reddit and Instagram. I didn't bother to start a talkbass thread because I assumed there would be ten other threads already. What's up guys? How is talkbass just finding out about this now?
  10. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    Never had an issue with the old one
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  11. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    They designed this new bridge for the basses they'll be making at the factory from now on. They're in the business of selling new basses in order to stay in business, so they don't care about making it easy to retrofit an older bass.
    monsterthompson and jbd5015 like this.
  12. jbd5015


    Nov 23, 2009
    Boalsburg, PA
    I wish it were that simple. Its the actual design of the bridge. Where the strings pass over the mute, there are pieces of the bridge that are just a hair higher than the strings. So your palm effectively rests on the bridge, not the stings/saddles, where palm muting should be happening.

    Another hipshot fan here. While i applaud the design change of the biggest issue i had with the original bridge on my 4001, that string mute is just not my cup of tea.
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  13. RissKippery

    RissKippery Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2016
    I think most of us figured it would be their new production bridge when it was first seen on Al Cisneros' signature model. There was pretty extensive discussion about it on the thread for his bass :)
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  14. Picton


    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    I love my '78 4001, I love the old basic bridge on there, and I don't even mind the tail lift.

    Rick sells all the instruments they feel like making. If they wanted to "sell more" or "be more successful," they could probably find a way to do that. Pretty easily. But they don't seem interested, which is their prerogative; there are plenty of other fish in the sea, so if you don't like Ricks, just go ahead and buy something else.

    These threads make me shake my head a bit once they start degenerating into the 5,067th "I can't palm mute!!!!" post. We get it. You can't palm mute. Move on. As many people here have stated, there are plenty of ways to fix that little issue, too. Buy the new bridge or don't buy it; I, for one, await a review by someone who's actually done the install and played it a tad.

    But I probably still won't buy it. I like the normal one just fine.
    Ukko, plav1959 and Guzzi Toad like this.
  15. hotrodjohn

    hotrodjohn Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2009

    Ok so I put one of these new ones on my ‘78 this weekend. Easy and straightforward. Very happy with the look, the ease of string height adjustment, intonation, and spacing. I’ve owned this bass since the beginning, it has had other mods over the years, so I was not concerned about modding an all-original vintage bass. I like it better than the Hipshot as far as looks and overall functionality. My take: 1. New Ric owners will love this bridge stock on their new bass, 2. Nice upgrade for those owners who don’t have any issue modding their older Ric bass, and 3. Stick with original bridge or Hipshot if you don’t want to drill holes on your older Ric.
    lazycat93, Rezdog, Teijo K. and 7 others like this.
  16. I know what part you're talking about and I'm pretty sure it can come off. Doesn't that whole part rise and fall with the thumbscrews?
  17. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
  18. slowburnaz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    Bought it last last year (11/18), and it arrived early this year, actually.

    It's both the D & G strings, now that I sat down and started playing it just now.

    Maybe it's just me, and I dig in a bit too hard... but this doesn't happen on any other bass I own.

    It's really just that the angle of the string over the saddle on the D & G strings is shallow enough that those particular saddles end up having the least amount of downward pressure.

    Last edited: Dec 2, 2019
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  19. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    That would drive me nuts.
  20. smtp4me


    Sep 30, 2013
    Philadelphia, PA
    That may be how they see it, but I still disagree with the thought process - 1) Adopting a new bridge design with different mounting points (holes/spacing/screws), requires a re-tooling/re-programming of their CNC machines and build process, whereas a new bridge with the previous mounting points does not. Using the previous mounting points would also avoid modifications for anyone who buys the bridge for an older/existing bass. It's about simplicity vs. complexity - they are adding what seems to be unnecessary complexity, even for the new basses they produce. 2) Why bother selling the new bridge separately unless they want to make money from it? And if you're going to bother, why not make it easy, like Hipshot has - thereby making more money and having more satisfied customers?

    IMHO, when it comes to being customer focused, and making the customer experience highest priority - Rickenbacker just doesn't get it. And their disconnect is willful, which makes it worse. The complaints about their basses are well known, common, and shared among many of their customers, and yet they still don't bend.
    M.R. Ogle likes this.

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