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replacing MIM Jazz Bass bridge

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by kratuli, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. kratuli


    Jun 24, 2013
    Hi guys!
    I'm new to this forum since I've only recently picked up playing bass. I have a MIM Jazz Bass and I am not satisfied with behavior of stock bridge (screws loosen up and strings go too high or too low). I have noticed that a popular upgrade for a JB is BadAss II bass bridge.
    My question is - is it a direct replacement requiring no drilling in body? It looks like it is but I'm not sure if there is only one type of stock MIM JB bridge.
  2. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Red Loctite or nail polish is a far more cost-effective solution.
  3. BGF


    Aug 30, 2012
    Yes. The BadAss II bass bridge will fit on a MIM Jazz Bass with no drilling. It uses the 5 screws that mount the standard bridge.

    I have a 1995 MIM Jazz Bass and I put on a BadAss II bridge on it because I wanted more sustain and a solid feel that the stock bridge didn't have. It was just what I was looking for. Very solid feel and tone.

    They are not easy to find or cheap. If you can, try out a bass that has a BadAss II bridge on it like the Geddy Lee Jazz Bass.

    Good luck! :bassist:
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    The J bridge is fine - the solution, as noted above, is blue Loctite or clear nail polish on the set screws.
  5. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    i put on a fender vintage style threaded bridge and i'm completely satisfied for 20 bucks
  6. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    Clear nail polish is a good idea, but for Loctite, Blue would be better. Red requires a blowtorch in order to break the bond.

    I've had luck using a drop of wax on the saddle screws to keep everything in place.
  7. kratuli


    Jun 24, 2013
    thank you everybody for your replies.
    i will try nail polish for my stock bridge and think about ordering a bad ass as well.
    BGF - what do you mean - "not easy to find"? I think they're easy to find on ebay. Or should I be aware ofe fake ones?
  8. lowend1


    Feb 15, 2005
  9. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    deviated prevert

  10. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Ay yi yi, sorry about the Loctite misinfo!
  11. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Colour blindness strikes again.
  12. BGF


    Aug 30, 2012
    I meant not easy to find at music stores like Guitar Center or online stores like allparts.com.
    If you can find one on ebay from a good seller then that's cool. I would recommend getting the grooved saddle version.