Newbie question

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by PhillipCarr, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. PhillipCarr


    Mar 3, 2014
    So I've actually been playing for about 14 years, but I've never been "on the scene." Since I've been shopping for a bass, I've noticed that a lot of them have individual bridges for each string now. What's the purpose? Individual tones for each string? How do you get the different tones, and in what cases would you need different tones?


    Phillip :help:
  2. EricssonB


    Apr 5, 2011
    CoSpgs, CO.
    Strokes; folks.

    Design; control.

    Maybe aesthetics.
  3. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I've seen no advantage to those individual string bridges other than being able to get custom string spacing. I guess they look pretty cool as well.
  4. EricssonB


    Apr 5, 2011
    CoSpgs, CO.
    How about multi-scale?

  5. FerK

    FerK Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    Ibanez uses the mono-rail bridge in a lot of their newer SR models. They claim that it "allows each string to vibrate fully with no interference from the other strings". Vibration move through all parts of the instrument, so I don't buy that, but that's their argument. IMHO they look nice.
  6. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    Bass manufacturers: that use CNC for hole placement, or luthiers that use jigs, to utilize multiple string spacings while only buying one part, not different bridges for different basses.

    In the scheme of things not many companies use them like that. Ibanez has a great distribution system so we see a lot of them advertised, Yamaha has had them on the Nathan east model for a while, and Dingwall but they have there own bridges made for them that are completely movable but mount to a plate. It sounds different than a traditional or modern high mass each their own. I have read the same marketing copy talking about strings vibrating more independently... I can not sign off on that but I could be wrong.
  7. SemiDriven

    SemiDriven Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    That's gorgeous! :cool:

    Sorry for the thread digression! Carry on. :bassist:
  8. Does the bridge on the B go off the body about 1/2 inch? It looks like it's just poking out. Like it wasn't the bridge intended for that body. Is that what's going on. Other than that, it's a really beautiful instrument.