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Um, what are those allen bolts for on my Bongo Bridge?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by SlimT, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. SlimT


    Feb 27, 2002
    Eden Prairie, MN

    This is my first MM/EB bass, a black bongo.

    What are those two allen bolts for on the bridge?
    (I'm assuming they are for something, but, you know
    what happens when you assume. If they were just to
    hold the bridge down, why didn't they just use screws?)

    I didn't get anything from Musicians Fiend in the way of
    literature with the bass (not even allen wrenches for the
    bridge or truss rod), and I couldn't find anything on the
    EB website.

  2. Im assuming you mean the two tiny allen bolts that sit on each of the saddles? They are used for adjusting saddle height which you use for finer adjustment of your action (how high the strings sit off the fretboard).


  3. SlimT


    Feb 27, 2002
    Eden Prairie, MN

    Thanks for replying! Let me clarify by means of a photo:

    It's the bolts on the outside of the saddles. They are the big ones, there are two of them.
  4. Those are actually the bolts that anchor the bridge IINM. They're just a fancy big headed allen bolt to spread the load. I don't know but it would be neat if they threaded into metal inserts in the body but that might be too much to ask.
  5. SlimT


    Feb 27, 2002
    Eden Prairie, MN

    Thanks, dude!
  6. It's hard to tell from the picture, but could they possibly raise and lower (each side of) the whole bridge like the thumbscrews on a tune-o-matic do?
  7. SlimT


    Feb 27, 2002
    Eden Prairie, MN
    That's what I was wondering, too. I didn't want to try it unless I know what the story is.

  8. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Nope. Just bridge mouning. I wondered the same thing a couple months ago.
  9. No need to raise or lower either side of the chassis when each string saddle has individual height adjustment
  10. SlimT


    Feb 27, 2002
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Here's the answer from Dave Nelson at EB/MM:

    Those are the bridge bolts that screw into brass inserts in the body
    that help with the sustain and tone.


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