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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. Not really. I'm quite happy with the Fender Hi-Mass bridge & the G&L bridge I'm working with now.
    I'm going to go find all the topics of gear I don't appreciate now & just randomly throw my comments in that it's ugly & crap.
  2. asands

    asands Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Troy Missouri
    As to bridges making a difference, I can only say my Hipshot Vintage bridge make a big improvement in sustain on my P over the stock Fender bridge. Quick string load is nice also, but I digress. Good to see someone making a reasonable priced BA clone
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  3. I used to see Fender Hi-Mass bridges on eBay that looked very similar to a BAII for only $30.
    I wish I had bought at least one for a spare or even resell.
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  4. If you want people to respect your opinion, you should lead with information like that instead of saying it's ugly & cheap.
    I know I listen to my local luthier's opinion, because he's basically seen it all.
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  5. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I've seen this happen as well when I worked music retail many years ago.
  6. crucislancer

    crucislancer Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Used BAII bridges, mostly in excellent condition, don't cost much more than these. At least the last time I checked. However, I think it's great that someone is bringing the design back. I may even pick one up.

    I would love to see them offer these with the multi-groove saddles that were on the later BAIIs.
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  7. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    I always thought those little screws were the weakest link in the design. Never mind sweat...drop one of those suckers and you might as well chalk it up as a sacrifice to the same fairy gods that hide your car keys and cell phone chargers.
    MovingPitchers and pacojas like this.
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Hey, you finally get Talkbass!
  9. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    As someone else said. I thought Fender bought the rights to this bridge ?
  10. Yeah, because the high mass part of it is kind of lost right there. There's only the end of that screw touching the bridge, so a lot of the advantage of the higher mass is lost.
  11. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavey equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    I just ordered 3 to have on hand. Thanks from a long time BadAss user for posting the link.
  12. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    hey, i think that the bridge i'm using is far superior too, low mass, rock-solid, with adjustable string spacing and steel saddles:
    agreed, which is why i'm glad to see it come back.
    +1, i don't see why they couldn't have fixed this and gone to the next size up like fender bass saddles use; still, a little 3-in-one oil on the threads every now and then is all you need to do to maintain things.
  13. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavey equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    I sweat like a prostitute in church on a Sunday morning and I've never had trouble with screws rusting up, but then again my sweat might be magical. Hard to say.
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  14. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    It's the chemical composition of the sweat, not just sweat itself. I've met guys who can ruin the gold finish on a bass after one or two sets. I've played a bass with gold hardware for decades and the hardware still looks new.
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  15. I drop some oil into the holes on all those screws whenever I do my first string change.
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  16. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Therein lies the advantage of the Babicz design.
    Loring, Qlanq, RedHotFuzz and 2 others like this.
  17. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavey equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    How can I find out about my sweats chemical composition? I might have some super special sweat that is anti corrosive that could be bottled and sold. Would a PH test help? Not sure.
  18. Yeah, get some of those PH test strips.
    jacolyte likes this.
  19. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
  20. I bought my first Badass II in 1983. I've been using them ever since. I primarily use a pick and sometimes rest my hand on the bridge. I also sweat a lot, even under water. I have never had the any of the screws rust in place.
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