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What's great about the 'Badass' bridge?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by aasti3000, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. aasti3000


    Jul 18, 2012
    Okay, before I see the sarcastic comments, please remember I'm a newbie bass player. I have a Fender Precision deluxe 5 string with the stock bridge. But most of the Fender threads I see I notice bassists switch their bridge to a badass bridge which I remember was on my Marcus Miller.

    Can someone explain what's great about the Badass bridge? Or even one I think I read called a Hipshot bridge? I'm still trying to learn the technical aspects of a bass. You guys sound like NASA experts sometimes with your technical knowledge. Should I change the bridge on my bass? Will it make a difference in sound or something?
  2. A lot of people claim they can hear a difference in tone when they switch to a high mass bridge such as the Bad Ass. I call BS on that claim. The only reason why I switched to a BA2 on 75 RI is because it looked cooler.

    There will be people running around telling you that everything from paint to a bridge to pick guard material can and will effect tone. Hello McFly?? Im sorry to say this is not the truth.

    I am no expert and what I say can be taken with a grain of salt. I just comment on what I personally witnessed :)
  3. IronLung1986


    May 19, 2010
    Exeter, NH
    nah you don't have to replace your bridge. the only reason to do that is if there's something wrong with the one you have. a lot of us TBer's are gearheads - aftermarket parts are kind of a hobby in and of themselves. reading about all the different parts people swap into their basses can make you feel like you need them too. but generally unless you're disappointed with a specific aspect of your bass's performance, you're probably fine with the stock parts.
  4. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I would venture to say that the bridge on your Deluxe Precision is just fine.

    That being said, I really dig the BAII bridge on my AV'75 Jazz, but I like the stock Fender bridge on my AV'62 fretless Jazz.

    I like the extra mass/weight that the BAII brings; it gives me a more 'solid' feel than the stock bridge.

    It all comes to personal preference, but I would say that if your bass plays and feels good, there's no need to start changing out parts.
  5. I found a thread a while back full of bass players that had badass, hipshot, and other hi-mass bridges, and removed them and reinstalled their original fender bridges. There must be a reason that fender has not changed the design of their bridges on the majority of their basses for over 50 years. I really wanted to replace mine, high sustain and coolness the main reason. After reading the countless comments on that thread, I leave what comes on my bass on my bass. Other than strings and perhaps a prettier pickguard, I am not smarter than the designers and manufacturers(just speaking for myself).
  6. use the search function and you will see endless topics on this. some say they're great, some say they aren't worth it. my advice, similar to the others, would be "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
  7. I've tried almost every bridge design on the market, and nothing sounds as good to me as the vintage Fender bridge.
  8. Gotta agree. I have three BA bridges in my music room that, at one time, I had on basses. Frankly, I see no big deal to them. In fact, I prefer the Fender bridge to the BA all day, every day and twice on Sunday.
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  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  10. SpectorDetector

    SpectorDetector Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    I just took a BAII off my Geddy Lee and put on the grooved saddle stock Fender I took off my 50's P-Bass a few years back. I have switched back and forth between the two at least 3 times in the past month and I am leaving the Fender on.
  11. I've had my stock bridge bend, from the tension of flat wounds. The Badass II on my Geddy lets me drop my action real low, and it's beefy. So, if your stock bridge fails, or doesn't give you the adjust-ability you need, then a Badass is a good bridge to have.
  12. It's name. BADASS. How could that not be awesome?

    Other than that, probably not much. Not that I would know, but if Dan Atkinson has put them to the test, I'm not going to argue with him.:bassist:
  13. SpectorDetector

    SpectorDetector Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    On my Geddy the opposite is true as far as action goes, G string goes closer to the fretboard with the Fender.
  14. aasti3000


    Jul 18, 2012
    Okay. So it sounds like my stock bridge is cool. Can I bug you with one more question. What do you mean by "High Mass" bridge? Just so I have the knowledge.
  15. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005
    well,, for me the GREAT thing about the badass bridge is, every single time i get a bass that has one mounted to it, i pull it & some sucker here at TB gladly gives me $60.+ for it :D
  16. klaus486


    Jun 27, 2009
    portland or
    sales geek Portland Music co.
    The BAII has much longer intonation adjustment than the stock Fender bridge and ZERO side to side play of the saddles. The stock bridge works fine 99% of the time. I like the stability, adjustability and what I think is enhanced sustain provided by the Badass products. Most other hi mass bridges will accomplish the same thing.
  17. hi mass just means chunkier, heavier bridge. that's it, more or less.....
  18. aasti3000


    Jul 18, 2012
  19. aasti3000


    Jul 18, 2012
    Thanks for the clarification Matt. ;)
  20. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Bridges are way overrated. They really don't do much other than attach strings.
    Most legendary albums were recorded on stock bridges or the old 2 saddle bridges that dont even intonate correctly.