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replacing the bridge on my hondo pro II

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by hydrohydra, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. the bridge on my tokai built hondo is giving my some issues adjusting my action on my bridge, it also looks like two of the saddle pieces that hold the ball on the end of the string are the wrong sizes, these two strings are much higher than the rest. it stays in tune but i need all of string at the same height, i was looking the hipshot supertone three point bridge for gibson but im not sure if its going to fit because the original bridge is routed down into the body like a pickup, its also arch top shaped bridge i dont know if the supertone is straight or arched, or if it matters. heres some photos.

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  2. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Somebody screwed (forced) the two rear bolts down without lowering the front one and bent that bridge. IMO.

    Measure the distance between the two rear bolts and see if a Hipshot Supertone bridge will fit. They are drop in replacement for that type bridge on Gibsons and Epiphones.

    It may or may not work because of bolt spread and the fact that there is a routed depression for the bridge on your bass.
  3. Yeah I'm gonna measure today see what I can do, I love this bass and I'm gonna do what needs to be done fix it
  4. Did the measurements for the supertone, it should fit but if not I might have to routed the bridge cavity wider length wise and height wise, also at that point I'd have to offer the finish up to the bass gods and think of another color, I'm not really sweating it though consider i think I could get something nicer than the current finish.
  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    If a standard Epi 3-point will fit, that might be an economical replacement. (Assuming the original is bent as described above.) Many 3-point bridges are grossly mis-adjusted by folks who haven't taken time to learn how to adjust them.

    You also need to clean up your strings. The silks should not extend over the bridge saddles.
  6. clive shakedown

    clive shakedown

    Dec 6, 2013
    How exactly do you set up a three point bridge?
  7. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Adjust all bolts the same turns to keep it level. Move to where your E has the action you want. Then adjust the g side. Then make sure the front bolt is keeping the bridge level and the rear lugs are seated well on the rear bolts. Never allow the bridge to slope down toward the front bolt. A slight slope down to the rear is fine and I always leave a bit of one.
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  8. VanGremlin


    Oct 10, 2016
    I know this is an old thread, but I just picked up one of these Hondo II professional basses. From what I can tell, the bridge on these basses are arched by design. I'm considering swapping in the same bridge as the original poster. I've reached out to him to see how the swap worked for him, hope to hear back from him soon.
  9. VanGremlin


    Oct 10, 2016
    IMG_0731.JPG IMG_0732.JPG Just wanted to follow up on my earlier post. I purchased one of the hipshot supertone 3 point replacement bridges, and it fits perfectly on the Hondo II bass. The bridge is large enough that it straddles the recessed area for the original bridge. I did have to get some longer bolts, got some M8 x 1.25 x 50mm bolts with a round head fitted for an Allen wrench. Great improvement over the original bridge.
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  10. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    That looks great!

    Now just get some black screws to put in the thumb rest holes. Quick fix that will look better than empty holes.
  11. VanGremlin


    Oct 10, 2016
    Thanks! Yep, that's next on the to do list, couple of small black screws which will look like they were meant to be there. A previous owner had used an unfinished piece of scrap wood for the thumb rest, functional but not pretty.