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SX Essex bridge replacement question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Muddslide, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Muddslide


    Feb 23, 2007
    Mobile, Alabama
    So, the bridge on my SX57P is functional but one of the few components that seems rather chintzy.

    Assuming I decide to upgrade it, which way should I go?

    I was thinking Gotoh, but someone mentioned that they were of such a different thickness that it made it more difficult to adjust the action.

    What about a Fender replacement bridge?

    Other options?

    Anyone with experience care to weigh in?
  2. fenderphil


    Sep 1, 2006
    Houston, TX
    i put a gotoh on my 62sxpj. i had to change the saddles from gotoh, back to the original because of action issues. but after the swap, the SX has the lowest action of them all.

    but the neck buzzes. and its not low action fret buzz either. its not one of the keys, or anything like that. the neck just has this weird buzzing at certain points on the neck... like the frets are buzzing in their seats, but i cant find any that are loose...
  3. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    A Gotoh Standard or 201 bridge is a direct drop-in replacement. It won't be much of a problem to replace the stock bridge with one of these.
  4. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I Grow Organic Carrots
    The SX basses are are good platforms for hot-rodding ... change several things and see if you like it ...
  5. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    If you install any bridge with a thicker base plate (like a Gotoh) you may have to, and really should, shim the neck to bring the heel up to a point where the strings are at the same relative height they were with the thinner plate.

    It's not hard, and from my experience, a rough guide is to use a shim that is 1/3 of the difference in thickness of the base plates under the neck screws closest to the bridge (I use paper, works fine).
  6. My bridge is buzzing on the A-string and I can't figure out why.
  7. ironrat


    Sep 24, 2008
    check the nut, maybe it loose there. It happened to me.
  8. Geezerman


    Nov 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
  9. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    I put the Gotoh 201 on mine. I did replace the saddles with the stockers. Worked fine after that.
  10. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    I like the Wilkinson Fender style replacement.

    Basicly a much nicer version of the stock SX bridge.

    No need to shim the neck.
  11. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    Would that be the bridge from Guitar Fetish (GFS)?

    I'm curious, what makes it nicer, in your opinion?
  12. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006

    No, this one.


    Better quality steel and plating. Nice solid brass saddles. A very nice, high quality Fender style bridge for reasonable money.
    They're $30. I prefer these vintage style bridges to the higher mass Gotoh's, Badass' etc.


    Check ebay. Sometimes you can find them on there for $15- $20.

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