recommend a bridge for an Epi T-bird Pro IV

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bunnykeeper, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. bunnykeeper


    May 28, 2011
    I recently picked up a gutted Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV. The only hardware on it was the nut, TRC, pickguard, strap pins and tuners. Part of the reason I picked it up was that I had a pair of 00s Gibson T-bird pups in my hardware drawer.

    I have to decide whether I want to go active or passive (leaning passive), but before I do that, I want to hear what she sounds like acoustically, and for that I need a bridge. I haven't seen any of the original bridges for sale aftermarket, so I'm considering three types:

    plain Fender-style
    high mass Gotoh-style

    or maybe one of these (no idea what they're called):

    I'm also open to an Omega BadAss or Hipshot KickAss, but wonder if that would be overkill.

    It's a neck-through, therefore I can't shim the neck, so I'm worried about the bridge bottoming out too high.

    Any suggestions? I'm going to be playing this in a Thin Lizzy cover band, but might also use it with a pop-punk band if it's versatile enough.
  2. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2018
  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Narrower string spread on the Tbirds. Squier or fender may not be ideal. Omega or Hipshot are better bets. Not overkill.
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  5. lowendrv


    Dec 12, 2007
    Pretty easy to install a 3 point on that body . And they are great bridges .
  6. The stock bridges on those basses were already Hopshot or Babicz made, I forget which one. Find out and contact them. I hear Customer Service for either is very helpful.
  7. bunnykeeper


    May 28, 2011
    I ended up going with the Hipshot Kickass. So far, so good.
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