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What exactly are the benefits of all these fancy bridges?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by aaronious, Mar 12, 2016.


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  1. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    Exactly what the title says.
    I have a P bass that I love. I want to put a black bridge on it purely for aesthetics. I've heard a million stories about what high mass, brass, added sustain, string balance, blah blah blah.

    But I want the truth damnit! Not conjecture and opinions. Real science behind why I should or shouldn't upgrade my baby with anything other than a cheap black bridge that I already have for one of my basses that I paid $13 for, that works fine.
     
  2. bassbombs84

    bassbombs84

    Dec 26, 2008
    Badass bridges make you cooler. That is fact
     
  3. Sgt. Rock

    Sgt. Rock

    Apr 10, 2010
    I put a Babicz FCH bridge on every Fender-ish bass I own. String action adjustment is *very* precise and simple, and when it's all set up and intonated, the set screws get tightened and that sucker won't have to be adjusted again unless I change string gauges. It's a beautiful piece of engineering.
     
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  4. rmayer

    rmayer Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Boynton Beach, FL
    So bridge manufacturers can drive Porsches!
     
  5. rmayer

    rmayer Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Boynton Beach, FL
    Every one of my basses, except my Hofner re-issue Cavern, has a "fancy" bridge. They add to sustain, adjustability, intonation, etc.
     
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  6. Why would an aftermarket bridge intonate better than a standard bridge?
     
  7. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    If you want science then conduct an experiment. All you'll get here is conjecture and opinions, unless someone conducted a viable experiment involving large sample sizes and controls.

    There are some obvious benefits like easier string changes and more adjustability. That's all I've discovered in my unscienific bridge experimentation.
     
  8. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    That's a very good point. Wonder if myth busters would be interested in this. THEN WE'D ALL KNOW!!
     
  9. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    See! That's what I'm looking for. Of ask the ones I've researched, those are the only ones that seem half worth the hype.
     
  10. JustForSport

    JustForSport

    Nov 17, 2011
    If it works fine, I wouldn't spend a lot on that bass...
     
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  11. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    I think aesthetics and stability both come into play. I've had less expensive bridges that didn't seem to hold intonation very well, but I've been perfectly happy with Babicz FCH, BadAss II, Fender High Mass, Fender GL, etc. I've also had less expensive bridges where the saddles like to jump out of their tracks when played aggressively.

    Will a new bridge make magic sounds? Not hardly. But every bridge will bring its own character to the party.

    If it looks good and solid, and holds intonation well, then it's a good bridge.
     
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  12. Murdoc_420

    Murdoc_420

    Jan 20, 2016
    Colorado
    And I thought they just helped counter neck dive.


    Anyway, Mass is all in the Fingers!
     
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  13. Apparently eating carrots will improve the density of your fingertips.
     
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  14. Murdoc_420

    Murdoc_420

    Jan 20, 2016
    Colorado
    They also help you hold down the root notes :D

    Get it? Lolalallzllzlzlzl (I crawl under rock now)
     
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  15. Sgt. Rock

    Sgt. Rock

    Apr 10, 2010
    Smart engineering.

    Intonation on the Babicz is faster and easier than any other bridge I've used. Once a string is finished, which is very easy, you lock it down with a set screw. No more re-intonating your instrument after every string change (though you should still check it to be sure).

    As far as string action, each string on the Babicz sits on a rotating cam, adjustable by one screw. Turn the screw the tiniest fraction of a centimeter and the cam smoothly rotates up or down. It's much easier to make micro-adjustments. The cam stays exactly where you want it while setting it up. And once you're done, you lock down the set screw and that bridge saddle is fixed in place.

    I change my strings every three weeks or so. I barely have to touch that bridge at all.
     
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  16. gebass6

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

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Because there isn't a "Fender style bent sheet metal" bridge for a seven string bass.
    If there is it isn't gold plated.
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  17. Nev375

    Nev375

    Nov 2, 2010
    Missouri
    Not likely since Mythbusters is history now.
     
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  18. If you like the looks of the stock bridge and it holds the strings in place and it can be adjusted it should be just fine. Many people over the last fifty plus years have managed with the stock bridge's on their instruments and made tons of great music.
     
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  19. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Quick string changes and added mass are the biggest reasons to ditch the stock Fender style bridges.
     
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  20. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    Damnit! What's the cheap A&E knockoff of them then? Lol
     

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