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Why the plain bass bridges?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassBuzzRS, May 8, 2006.

  1. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    I have seen tons of basses on the pictures you have all posted on this wonderful forum. Basses with beautiful top woods, interesting headstocks, incredible knobs and pickup tops. I have seen fanned frets, many different body shapes, moveable pickups, hollowbodies and you name it :)

    I struck me today that on so many basses, even boutique ones, the bridge is just a plain square metal block. I feel there is huge potential there to integrate a bridge with the overall body/bass design. Lovely body curves are designwise contrasted with a square boring piece in the middle of the sweetness. Am I making sense?

    How about a laquered/painted bridges, or a bridge shaped like a wave or a dragon's head biting the string ends, or even a bridge that is shaped like a miniature of the bass body? Those ideas are just my crazy on-the-fly examples, but what do you think?
  2. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Thats what Trabens are for.
  3. Well car manufactures could install flame throwers on bumpers and have the bumper wrap around the entire car like a giant bumper car. But some call that tacky. That's what trabens are for :smug:
  4. jeff_bass28

    jeff_bass28 Guest

    Mar 21, 2006
    Trabens, tacky?
    Hmph; and here I thought they were just ugly
  5. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
  6. Mine's a square block of wood.
  7. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Because most boutique luthiers are woodworkers, not metalworkers. The cost or time cost of precision machining or casting bridges would make the process prohibitive for most makers...as they don't build in enough scale to make it an efficient expeniture.
  8. Oxblood

    Oxblood Banned

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Theres quite a few luthiers that make things different from a "plain square metal block". Take these for example:




    Also, don't forget about the Lakland's, Alembic's, and the already mentioned Traben's. :p
  9. +100
  10. jeff_bass28

    jeff_bass28 Guest

    Mar 21, 2006
    bottom pic...what is it?

  11. 10-string legend built by Jerzy Drozd for Yves Carbonne
  12. paulraphael


    Apr 13, 2006
    If you heard me play, you'd stop reading what I write.
    if only it had a whammy bar i'd buy it.
  13. jeff_bass28

    jeff_bass28 Guest

    Mar 21, 2006
    Where would you put it???
  14. rdhbass


    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    Awesome Drozd, that is smart making it that way, just like one solid huge neck and a wee bitty body. Nice weight im sure.
  15. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    I am sure you're right, but those that make the effort sure makes some nice stuff I see :)
  16. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Holy ****. that's what I'm talking about! Never seen that brand before!
  17. steveb98

    steveb98 [acct disabled - multiple aliases]

    Mar 15, 2006
    Venice, CA
    I just put a BadAss III on my JBass. It may look plain, but improveement in sound and sustain is worth more than some arty-farty bridge.
  18. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    I really like the Schaller roller bridge and the Hipshot A; nothing wrong with simple beauty.
  19. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Music Man and Lakland make really cool signature bridges that conform to the overall look of the body quite well while imparting the bent-metal "vintage tone". G&L Bridges are quite nice, also.
  20. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    Don't know why I didn't think of that!

    Been looking at my Sterling bridge for days now!

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