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Rebirth of the Badass! The new Omega Bridge

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by walterw, Aug 14, 2015.


  1. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    well looky here what just appeared on the allparts website!

    omega%20bridge.

    looks to be made of the same zinc material as the original.

    they also have replacement saddles for it at a not too insane price.
     
  2. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    And in the land of bass there was much rejoicing!

    Same people different name? Or did someone just copy it and call it something else?
     
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  3. Nice, hoping this puts the BadAss price gougers out of business. Thanks for posting this.
     
  4. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    More than a couple of basses around here could use that and they have it in colors!
    Thanks for the linky.
     
  5. alembicguy

    alembicguy Lone Wolf Miner of iron ore Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Minnesota
    Thanks for the heads up!
     
  6. Do you have to cut your own saddle grooves?
     
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    That looks halfway between a heavy new-model Fender bridge and a BA. Gentlemen, start your needle files!
     
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  8. AnalogKid4003

    AnalogKid4003

    Jul 8, 2012
    I thought fender bought the rights to the patent design or did it expire and need re-upped?

    It looks like the saddles would be a direct replacement for the original
     
  9. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    yep; this lets you get the string spacing exactly right, say a little wider than the regular .75" to line up with jazz bass pickup magnets.
    the problem with the fender is that it comes pre-notched, and for the narrower .75" spacing; your needle files won't do you any good with that one :meh:

    too bad, because it's apparently all brass, which would make for an interesting alternative to the traditional leo quan zinc.
     
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  10. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Banned

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    Anyone know the difference between the two chrome plated models?

    Omega-Bass-Bridge.JPG

    There's a BB-3350-001 & a BB-3350-010, but they look the same to me.
     
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  11. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    Very cool !
     
  12. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS

    It looks to me like the saddle grooves are actually holes drilled in through each saddle. Look at the 3rd photo of it on it's side. I like it.
     
  13. DredFetus

    DredFetus

    Nov 19, 2010
    Those are just the threaded holes for the saddle adjustment screws
     
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  14. Maybe they can make a "Badass I" bridge so I can get a couple extra saddles...I need one for sure.
     
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  15. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Looks just as ugly, and made of the same pot metal as the original BA
     
  16. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Banned

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    I don't know about your experience, but the BadAss II I was using was "forged" in the fires of Mount Doom.

    6337900822_d05a5dceba.
     
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  17. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars

    Actually it was pressure cast from zinc powder in a mold.
     
  18. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Banned

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    I'm sure whatever you're using is far superior. Why don't you start your own interesting thread about that?
     
  19. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    So you are upset that I have a poor opinion about a bass bridge that you like?

    I have had dozens of BAII bridges come into my shop for repair or setup, that the action adjustment screws have rusted in place because they were threaded into a very cheap dissimilar metal. All it takes is a little sweat and those suckers are frozen forever.
     
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  20. Lo-E

    Lo-E

    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I don't sweat a lot and never had any more trouble w/ BA bridges than with any others, personally. Whether or not they are the best is irrelevant; people like them.

    Just for the record, I'm one of those guys that doesn't feel the bridge has a huge impact on tone, but I'm still really glad to see this on the market, if for no other reason than that the monopoly on BA-IIs that Fender was taking advantage of really irked me.

    I know people had plenty of other options to choose from and it wasn't the end of the world or anything, but it just struck me as poor sportsmanship on Fender's part.