Would You Change The Bridge On This Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by krall, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. I got a relatively rare Fender Jazz (2002 '75 reissue FSR in oly white-Apparently one of only 250 made for European market) just a few months ago.

    The recent humidity here has wreaked havok on my neck, so brought it to my tech to have it reajusted/reset and put back right this past weekend.

    Paid the guy for the setup job, then he highly suggested I dump the original bridge since he said it was causing problems..His suggestion was a Badass II for better stability and sustain. My quick research shows that Gotoh's and Schaller's are also used as replacements (and more than likely others too)

    My dilemma is the fact that it's a rare, collectable piece (well, for a modern Fender anyways)..Would you guys keep it stock or would you change it for a better aftermarket replacement? If you would change it, what would you put in there?

    Pics of the bass:


  2. Mazatleco17


    Mar 27, 2008
    Is it really causing problems?
  3. He said it did..Saddles not being stable, etc..
  4. PrivateHigh


    Jul 19, 2009
    Long Island
    What 'problems' is the bridge causing? If you dont feel the need, you don't have to change it. He's trying to sell you a product. Don't buy into it.
  5. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I can't say I've ever heard of this being a problem, even on ultra low end junk instruments. My bet's that the guy's just trying to get some more money out of you.

    Don't replace the bridge, its just fine.
  6. No. It's fine. Don't muck around with it.
  7. No, he doesn't work for a store, so he's not trying to sell the Badass..Just a bridge he's put on Fenders before with good results..He's a good friend of mine that does setups besides running a studio. It's up to me to decide if I should go this route or not and actually order/buy the bridge. He'd simply install it for me.
  8. i would not change it.....but i am one who says that bridge replacement is way overrated.
    maybe new saddles....but the bridge itself....no.
  9. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    The only problems with a bridge like this would be the saddles lowering on their own, and there are easy fixes for this. This design is mechanically sound and the only reason to change it out would be personal preference not because they are problematic.
  10. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    agreed, don't change it unless you want to, I'm not a big fan of those huge aftermarket bridges anyway.
    Really pretty bass by the way
  11. LCW.

    LCW. Inactive

    Jul 22, 2009
    are the saddles the thread style? they have threads across the whole saddle? those are nice bridges if so keep it.

    If u change it keep the stock one forever incase you want to sell it, its worth more with it to a collector.
  12. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006
  13. I had a problem once where the height screws kept vibrating loose & the strings/action would go way low. I probably could have used some blue loctite(non-permanent thread lock)but I just replaced the bridge. Of DOZENS of basses I've owned, that was the only time I'd ever had that issue. I think your *tech* is blowing smoke. I'd suggest playing the bass for awhile, & if the bridge gives you greif, replace it w/a direct(no additional crews required)replacement type. I've also A/Bed BA bridges w/standard Fender-type & can perceive little, if any difference. Nice bass, BTW.
  14. Nope, just a single groove..
  15. PrivateHigh


    Jul 19, 2009
    Long Island
    Drop of blue loctite will easily fix it.
    Beautiful bass, BTW.
  16. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I'm an advocate of not changing bridges for silly marketing reasons. If your bridge is broken, and you KNOW that its broken, a change might be advisable, but not if you're unsure.

    Regardless... That's a VERY sexy bass you've got there. I love the white with the bound and blocked rosewood board. Very sexy.
  17. It's a '75 Reissue, which means the original bridge was chosen to be historically accurate. I'd leave it alone. I've never had a problem with a Fender bridge with individual saddles.

    And I'm not as impressed with BadAss bridges as some other players and shop owners. If you feel compelled to take your tech's advice, check here
    http://www.basspartsresource.com/bridge_genuinefender.htm for a genuine Fender replacement that can be mounted without drilling additional holes. That way you can easily replace the original when you sell it.

    Bluesy Soul :cool:
  18. This is the problem he noticed and had to set twice..

    Well, I think it's unanimous, lol..I'll keep it stock! I just got it back and haven't had time to fully play it yet..We'll see what happens.

    Thanks guys..
  19. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006
    If it truly has a problem, and if that problem is the saddle lowering itself. There is probably absolutely nothing wrong with the stock bridge, however, and I would not even consider changing.
  20. Yes she is! She also came with chrome ashtray and cover, but they were never installed..