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String silk on bridge saddle fix!

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

  1. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
  2. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    YES!!! FINALLY!!! Now the E-string won't bind. I have gone so far as cutting a bridge in two to get the required offset. Now it is done for us. YES!!!
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    That is a very good improvement as far as intonation goes. I have run out room setting up basses for BEAD tuning.
  4. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    "A long overdue innovation" is right. Simple, doesn't look weird or too modern. Nice.
  5. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Nice, I like it.
    Only $60 isn't bad ether
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    A logical and elegantly simple option. Bueno.
  7. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Or you can use a razor knife and shave the silk off; cost = free.

    Edit: that E,A tail is quite a distance from the mounting screws. It's gonna bend up under tension.
  8. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Probably not. Angled steel is pretty strong. But even if it does, it won't lift that much, and you won't notice it.
  9. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Angled steel is strong longitudinally. At a right angle as in a bridge, not so. The tension is focused on the balls low on the plate perpendicular to the angle bend and it will stress on the space from there to the screws. . the break angle of the string further changes the vector to increase upward force compared to a straight pull. Unless the steel has been hardened after forming, this is inevitable. The reason light steel can be used in the Fender style is precisely because the screws are so close to the ball ends.

    What will you notice? Decreased string break angle.

    Shave the silk off if it is a problem. Unless the OP is meaning of the wire over wrap at the ball and not the fabric silk thread. He did say SILK in the title. But go ahead a drop 60 on this gimmick if you wish.
  10. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    Complain, complain, complain. A major advance in top load bridge design, and all folks do is complain, complain, complain. Don't you think this went through extensive beta testing before release? It is a FANTASTIC bridge!!!
  11. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    There is no way the tension of an E and A string are going to bend that stainless steel bridge. You could take two pairs of channel locks and I would bet you would have a hard time bending it that way.

    Like I said previously. I have ran out of room on the low B before trying to intonate a bass that was set up for BEAD tuning. This bridge is an elegant fix for that, so there for its not a gimmick as you called it.
  12. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    I have asked this elsewhere, and did not get an answer, but I would like to know what purpose the silk serves on a string.

  13. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I think it's interesting for sure in terms of intonation.

    Please remember this isn't a unique solution. Yamaha has a bridge extension for the "B" string on their BB415 and BB425 basses. I haven't seen any lift problems there.

    All the best,

  14. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    Looks, and potentially protecting the metal parts on the bass. Other than that, not a lot - other than making unknown strings easier to identify.
  15. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    The material is thick, the distance from the back to the mounting holes is so short, plus the strings enter near the bottom - there is no way that will bend - even a little.

    My Yamaha 615 had the same thing on the B string - it didn't move.

    This should be come the standard design.
  16. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Yeah, it could never happen: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f18/bridge-bent-how-go-about-replacement-996161/

    OK, it's brass so... but the plate is thicker. I only say this from a similar experience with another bridge I had.
  17. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    That is one instance on a bridge made of much softer metal, and is by far the exception and not the rule. I have set up thousands of guitars and basses, I have never come across a bridge lifting like that.
  18. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I'd rather see the D/G section pushed back to be even with the E/A section. That stepped version just looks goofy to me.
  19. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Belfast, UK
  20. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    True for sure. Besides if it does happen it will take years. Still looks nasty to me. But you all dig it so that's cool. I'm sure you'll enjoy if you use it.