This tops the Ray Ross Bass Bridge

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by crankypants, May 29, 2020.

  1. Last edited: May 29, 2020
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  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    If they do start making them for bass, you can get both! ;)
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  3. Imagine All The Gigs and All The Chicks!
  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    In essence, it's a Steinberger-esque micrometer tuner relocated from the bridge to the headstock. Wonder how the weight compares to a conventional tuner? For bass, I'd like to see a distilled lightweight version with a string tuner. Could be used in conjunction with any number of bridge tuner assemblies.

    Bigger question: will it ever fit in a case or gig bag?

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  5. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Those raggedy cut string ends will shred your case lining.
    Why the different post heights?
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  6. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
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  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    The knurled knob and string clamp are attached to the male threaded post (visible in pic) which is threaded into a female threaded sub-assembly bolted onto the headstock. As you tune, the male post advances backwards. Check the website and look at the slide'll make more sense.

  8. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Looks all business from the front..kind of a party going on in the back. If I had to be honest I’d say that headstock hardware is one aspect of a bass I’ve not felt an urgent need to re-evaluate...although there’s cool retainer/string trees that seem to come out now and again...I’d dabble in that if I was having a problem.
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  9. TheRayRoss

    TheRayRoss Commercial User

    Feb 7, 2019
    I am indeed Ray Ross, bridge distributed by ap international
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  10. iammr2


    Jun 10, 2002
    Rather than all this engineered mess, why not just use regular tuners?
  11. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Can you say neck dive? I don't like the angle the string come out of the tuners either. A solution in search of a problem that makes things worse.
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  12. farace


    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    For a bass version I could easily see

    1) problems with the windings being caught on the edge, leading to tuning issues, and

    2) lots of broken strings for those strings that don’t take kindly to being bent at that severe an angle.
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  13. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Yes to #1, ? to #2. The Zon headless string clamp and NSD Radius tuner assembly both require 90 deg bends during installation...I've had both and had problems with neither. OTOH, I would hate to do a 90 degree bend then have to drag it through the headstock while tuning up.

  14. OK, cool.
  15. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    well those solve a problem I've never had.
  16. farace


    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    I know there are strings, particularly flats, that warn against through-body stringing because the angle will damage the string. This seems at least as severe as that.
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  17. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician - Retired
    The concern about forming a right angle bend on the string is well founded if the bend is located at the full diameter of the string. After all, strings form a right angle bend at the tuner post, but usually that's not at the full string diameter.
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  19. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Last edited: May 31, 2020
  20. farace


    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    I knew I’d seen this somewhere before. Clearly it revolutionized tuner technology.