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The 56 cent Gibson SG Bass Bridge Fix

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by travhop42, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. travhop42


    Dec 21, 2010
    I purchased 4ea 1/4"-20 nylon lock nuts for 14 cents each. Slide them on the strings and it eliminates the inherit problem with Gibson bridge by bringing strings about 3/8" further back. This will put the windings behind the saddle where they belong. Works perfect. Stays in tune and sounds better with a little more sustain.

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  2. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Perfect! Cheap and effective.
  3. mormoyboy


    Oct 9, 2012
    I used to use ball ends (sometimes two) from a previous set of strings - same idea, but the nylon probably eliminates any potential metal-to-metal noise. Neat!
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    i remain skeptical of any sustain change, but that is indeed a good way to keep the reinforcing wraps off the saddles.
  5. travhop42


    Dec 21, 2010
    I admit the sustain difference is suttle at best. I still believe it plays and sounds better than it did. Having the windings sitting on the saddles could not be good. The intonation had to be adjusted after I did this so that tells me the strings are setting lower in the saddles. I still wonder why Gibson does not correct this. I was planning on buying an aftermarket bridge but now it is not necessary.
  6. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I've seen variations on this including computer stand-offs (?) and various diameter / length cylindrical spacers in the parts drawer at Lowes's. The practice is frequently applied in the mis-assumption that it changes string tension to a discernible degree but is more appropriate when shifting string windings...as you've demonstrated!

  7. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Great idea and looks like it solved the problem.
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Excellent...I've been doing that with Epiphone 3 saddle bridges for quite a while, it works great but I've never noticed any real tonal or sustain changes. I've also used flanged nylon nuts and brass knurled nuts. Somebody used to make a bar to accomplish the same thing and sold it on ebay for a while.
  9. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    i'll try it on the flying v when i need new strings
  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Do we get to debate the acoustic qualities of various types of nylon washers now? And their sustain, "tone" and other characteristics?

    I hope not. Nice trick, looks very effective.
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Not until there's a BadAss version :) neat ideal thanks for sharing it.