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Schaller Bridge Question

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by groucho, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. groucho


    Sep 28, 2005
    Ringwood NJ
    For those with much familiarity with the 460
    roller bridge - I have used these for many years
    2 of them are 20 years old now:)

    I just had one off the body of my Jazz bass
    and i noticed it appears to have bent slightly
    just past the screw holes:eyebrow:
    If I place a steel ruler against the bottom
    it is obvious the part with the string anchor block
    is going "up" a wee bit.

    Is this "normal"? Or did all those years of string
    tension actually warp the base plate?

  2. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I've had this great bass on a couple basses over the years. I can't imagine it warping like that.
  3. groucho


    Sep 28, 2005
    Ringwood NJ
    I am pretty sure it did in fact distort over those
    20 years:meh:

    I went to Ebay and looked at some current and
    closed auction pics of 460 bridges taken set flat
    on table tops and they appear to all lay dead
    flat... Mine now having a very subtle "checkmark"
    shape. The reason I took it off the bass in the
    first place is I noticed it was sitting off the body
    at the front under the saddles by about a 32nd
    of an inch (daylight visible sideways).
    Could it be I had it TOO tightly screwed down?
    The "bend line" is right along the 3 big screw

    I put a Badass II on there now, first one of
    those I have had in decades:D

    Which does indeed sit dead flat against the wood.
  4. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I don't know for sure, but it seems to me that if you tightened it enough to bend a thick metal plate the screws would probably strip out first.
  5. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I'd contact Schaller if it were mine. They may be able to arrange a replacement. That bridge is much much better than a Badass II.:)
  6. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    I'd try this route too.
    I'm also a big fan of the Schaller bridge and the only thing that I can think of causing one to warp like that would be overtightening of the screws, which although hard to imagine, sound like it may be the case.:confused: