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Stingray bridge ..how come?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by USAJO, Mar 14, 2008.


  1. USAJO

    USAJO

    Apr 13, 2005
    With all the topics discussed here how come I don't remember anyone ever arguing which bridge is better on Stingrays. Mine has the stubs for the long gone mutes and the new bridges look much smaller and have no mute nubs. So why don't I ever recall this topic? By the way I like the look better with the older style bridge. I have no idea if it effects the sound of the bass ;)
     
  2. Smallequestrian

    Smallequestrian Rock and/or Roll

    Jul 6, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Because for the most part the people didn't like/actually use the mutes and the mutes would fall apart or get lost. For a lot of us it was addition by subtraction.
     
  3. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie

    Mar 24, 2006
    NoVA
    true. I pretty much NEVER use the mutes. Maybe onece or twice when I first got the bass, but that was 12 years ago...

    and yes, they are falling apart...

    DSC_0600.
     
  4. mynan

    mynan

    Nov 7, 2007
    Grand Haven, MI
    The main reason that EBMM discontinued the mute bridge was that a few people couldn't keep their hands off the mute assembly while playing and cut their fingers. It became a legal liability.
     
  5. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I liked having the option of the mutes. I obviously wouldn't use them all the time, but I do when I go to blues jams, and especially for using different sounds in the studio.
    But to me, no sound or tonal difference as far as the bridges themselves go.

    I did a thread on restoring the mute pads about a year ago. A search would turn it up.

    -Mike
     
  6. That is correct.
     
  7. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I've heard the finger cutting thing before, but I have never personally seen anyone who's done it. And of all the years I've been playing them, have never scratched a finger on those bridges and can't wrap around my head how anyone could.
     
  8. Nor can I wrap my head around how anyone could get their dental appliance caught in the net of a basketball hoop or blame food for making him fat, but apparently these are the issues of our age.
     
  9. CElton

    CElton I'm a new note finder...

    +1...never, ever been an issue on my Ray in the 20+ years I have owned it.
     
  10. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie

    Mar 24, 2006
    NoVA
    +2
    NEVER heard of such a thing...that is wierd.My fingers don't come anywhere near the mute assembly while playing...
     
  11. DistantTremor

    DistantTremor

    Nov 29, 2007
    No, see, it's one thing to get your dental appliance caught in a basketball hoop, and I know why people blame food for making them fat, but this is different.
     
  12. Fender32

    Fender32

    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    :eek: "They're falling apart"!??? :confused:

    Who are you kidding :p, they're some of the finest condition foam mutes I've seen. Still, if you don't use them and you want to swap them for mine, you're more than welcome :D ....

    134-3460_IMG.

    BTW, I know that the E string isn't in the saddle properly. This picture was taken on the day that I first got the bass. It's had a good clean up since then and been re-strung (several times).

    ;)

    For the record, I love the look of the original bridge design and yes, I have a sneaking suspicion that the hollow saddles and wider baseplate do have a small influence on the tone ;).
     
  13. USAJO

    USAJO

    Apr 13, 2005
    I didn't think very many people actually used the mutes, most Stingrays I see they are long gone. I just wondered why the "mass" of the older bridge wasn't a topic as opposed to the smaller looking maybe lighter bridge. Guess it just isn't a topic but it seems there is much debate over so many such issues I just wondered why Stingray bridges weren't a topic. No biggie.
     
  14. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao EspaƱa

    Are those pubes mutes????:confused::atoz:
     
  15. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I doubt the extra mass really makes a difference tonally. Since the regular new bridges are still very substantial, the difference between heavy bridge and heavier bridge isnt something id consider to be that great.
     
  16. Fender32

    Fender32

    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    :p ROFLMAO

    You don't know just how close you came with that remark, vene-nemesis.

    I don't think that I actually mentioned it on TB, in my enthusiastic first post about this bass, but I did tell another bassist friend of mine about the "curly horrors" :eek:, which I found tucked into every nook and cranny of this "much-loved" :eyebrow: vintage bass, when it first arrived :D. There were actually pubic hairs, wedged under the bridge saddles and stuck to the string mutes :spit:.

    Believe me, it's had a damn good clean since I got it - it now looks more like this:

    135-3512_IMG-1.

    Just to wash away the nasty taste of that mental image, here's a picture of the bridge from a fretless 1988 'Ray that I sold last year.

    139-3997_IMG.

    How could anyone prefer one of these "stubby monstrosities", I ask myself :confused: !?

    121-2182_IMG.

    :bag:
     
  17. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    How can you be certain they were thoooose type hairs? Why would they be there? Maybe they were from an animal or just some fellows head?
     
  18. Fender32

    Fender32

    Jun 23, 2005
    Kent, England
    :( You're right! I should have kept them and sent them for DNA testing, instead of ripping them out of the gaps as quick as I could, sucking them up the vacuum cleaner, emptying the dust bag into my bin, driving my bin to the local nuclear waste re-processing plant and waving goodbye to the freight ship that took it off to Bangalore for dumping :bag:.

    Maybe I over-reacted unnecessarily :meh:!?

    ;)
     
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I grow organic carrots and they are not for sale
    mechanical mutes are kinda lame ... that is one of the features on Rickenbackers that I don't like ...

    :hyper::bassist:
     
  20. When I'm playing a song that requires some muting, I use my Ernie Ball Musicman cloth and run it under the strings near the bridge.
     

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