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Schaller Roller Bridges...Any Good?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Kelly Lee, Jun 29, 2004.

  1. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    I was looking at the Stewart-MacDonald catalog and found the Schaller roller bridge. Well, the saddles on my old BC are getting pretty worn and I don't know where to find the original saddles. So, I was thinking of replacing the entire bridge. The roller idea sounds like it would be good to the strings. Does anyone have any experience with this bridge? Does it change your tone, good or bad? Anything else? Thanks.
  2. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Well, I have the guitar version on my guitar. By far better than the stock bridge, MUCH better tone and sustain, but admittedly the stock bridge on this guitar left, well, a lot to be desired. (It was a MIM Fender Duo-Sonic guitar, but nothing original is left on the guitar but the body; everything else has been replaced.)

    This probably doesn't help much. ;)
  3. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    I put one on my Squier Bullet Bass. Works pretty good.
    Adjustable string spacing is a plus.
  4. I have one on my Pedulla Buzz, and I put one on my '79 Ibanez Roadster. They are terrific bridges. They are specifically good if you like to adjust string spacing a little beyond what you can normally do. The sustain is great, and they are high quality units. I highly recommend one.
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Bridge? Hardware? Let's try Setup.;)
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  6. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    Thanks everyone. Thats the info I was looking for.
  7. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    While the Badass seems to get all the hype these days, around 1980 when the Schaller came out many companies switched to using it: Pedulla, Hamer, Kramer, Gibson, Guild, Sadowsky all used it on their basses.
  8. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    The thing I hated about that bridge is that everytime I would change strings, I had to readjust the friggin' string spacing. Grrr! :mad:
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  9. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    This is a very high quality bridge. I've had it on 3 basses over the years. Best bridge I've ever experienced.
  10. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I never had that problem with my Schaller bridge, but you can always use a tiny bit of nail polish to fixate the rollers.
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  11. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    had a 5 string version on a Warmoth 5 Pbass. Loved it. Loved the sustain and tone as well as the adjustable spacing.
  12. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    Thanks again! Its funny, other than one somewhat negative response eveybody seems to love these bridges. Sounds like I will definately go this way.
  13. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    I don't have any experience with the roller bridge, but I did replace the bridge on one of my former basses with a more regular Schaller one and was happy with the unit. Lovely bridges they make.
  14. I've used them on 4 of my 6 builds and they are the easiest to install and adjust of any I've seen. The also have a particularly low profile and that makes the entire bass feel thinner.
  15. I installed one years ago on a jazz bass. Absolutely hated it. It just didn't seem to make any difference to the sound.
    I also noticed that the vertical saddle screws were tapered to a sharp point at the end where they meet the base plate. Maybe that had something to do with the crap tone and sustain.
  16. I put one on a '92 Precision Plus.
    worked fine (the original bridge was a heavy cast Fender type (actually might have been made by Schaller too) but had pointless fine tuners and was tricky to restring as a result, and hadn't been centered properly)

    I superglued the rollers to stop them moving when changing strings- bad move, as now I want to reduce the spacing slightly (it's at 20mm) they won't budge at all- even with heating them with a soldering iron and using superglue remover-arrgghh.
    the threaded rods rotate in the saddles when i turn the rollers.

    ah well, another go with needlenose pliers might do it....
  17. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    You do realize putting a few more ounces of metal isn't gonna effect the tone in a noticable manner right? Pickups, strings, amp, cab, fingers, pick, left and right hand technique... if you can tell the difference in sound, you're lying.

    It's a quality bridge. I have one on my Ibanez, and am pleases with it to no end. I'm rather anal about bridges, and it is still one of my first choices.
  18. So what we can take from your post is that, IYO, the Schaller bridge didn't alter your tone or sustain at all from the original Fender bridge because that's why you installed it in the first place - to change the tone and sustain from the original bent tin bridge.

    Fair enough. I can imagine that a bass with a crap tone before a Schaller is installed on it, would surely have a crap tone after it was installed. These are fine, well engineered bass bridges but they won't take the place of a good ear for tone when purchasing an instrument. They aren't magical.
  19. Don Sibley

    Don Sibley

    Jun 27, 2005
    Fort Worth, TX
    How much can string spacing be adjusted before you start altering the tonal response of the pickups. I thought the strings need to be centered over the poles of the pickups.