New Bridge

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by mikemulcahy, Feb 15, 2001.

  1. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    The bridge on my Ibanez really sucks. Any thoughts on good replacements?
  2. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Hey Doc!

    This'll probably get bumped over to "Setup", but anyhoo -
    which model Ibanez exactly? It ain't listed in your profile.
    For starters, I'd say root around .
  3. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    2Tek...check 'em out
  4. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Good call neptoon, but dang! We don't want the good doc
    messin' up his hands :D . Mike In case ya' didn't know,
    installing a 2Tek is..."major surgery" :rolleyes::p . Most times,
    ya' have to ship your bass in and let them do the work.
    And they'll add a bit of weight to your bass. I think a
    Hamer Cruise with a 2Tek comes in at around 10-1/4 pounds.
    But if you're after insane sustain and "piano-like" tone,
    that'll do it. A simpler (AND d-i-y) solution might be a
    Badass II. They list for around $60, but you can get `em
    at Mars for ~ $40...

    Installation will be a whole lot easier if your Ibanez has the
    same 5 screw mounting pattern of a Jazz or P. I lucked-out
    when I slapped one on a Yamaha RBX260F (same screw spacing).

    Other options might be a Gotoh 206 from Warmoth. It's "stubby"
    but has good mass. Also, it'll accommodate string-through-body.
    If you're after less mass, A Hipshot BBP4 might do the trick...

    Here's where to start at allparts ...

    ...ONE of these oughtta' work :) .



    Badass II and Hipshot BBP4


    Gotoh 201 and 206 (Chrome, Black, or Gold finish)

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  5. Best bang for the buck is the Schaller Roller bridge. They come in black, chrome, and gold and are an easy install. The have string height, spacing, and intonation adjustments and can be modified for thru body stringing.

    Best bridge (by far) on the market today is the ABM. Quite a bit more expensive, but they are extremely well machined and are very low profile. JT uses 'em on those monster Conklins and I've got one on my Jazz. All of the adjustments mentioned above but without the springs and screws normally associated with that type of system. The close tolerance machining is used as part of the stabilization that the ABM sports.