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windmill
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May 7th, 2011 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just wondering ?

Taildragger
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"Lost Money Magnet"
May 7th, 2011 11:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 6122-JR had a TOM type on it when I bought it. I swapped on an aluminum TruArc. BIG improvement in both tone and tuning stability.

Deacon Blues

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May 12th, 2011 05:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I swapped my 6119's TOM for a Compton bridge. A vast improvement in intonation and tone on a guitar that already sounded fantastic.

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May 12th, 2011 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are Compton and TruArc bridges the floating kind, or are they pinned down?

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May 12th, 2011 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The TruArc floats unless you pin it. I'm still using the original bridge base that came with the guitar. It's the base that gets pinned, not the bridge itself.

Deacon Blues

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May 12th, 2011 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ditto what Td said for the Compton.

mss

Toronto, Canada

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Nov 14th, 2011 07:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I replaced the original bridge with a Gretsch Rocking Bar Bridge which has helped big time with tuning and has great sustain and tone. Just drop it on the posts of the floating base and tune up.

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Butterscotch Blues
Nov 14th, 2011 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still using the original on my 6120. I don't play out with it so I'm not in a hurry. Sounds pretty darned good as it is.

daveycorona

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Nov 14th, 2011 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

4 gretsches and 4 tru-arcs.

Playability on all 4 improved instantly.

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Butterscotch Blues
Mar 2nd, 2012 07:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just installed a Stainless Steel Tru Arc bridge on my 6120. I was kind of skeptical at first...like, how can it make that much difference.

Was I surprised? Yes!

The bridge just opened up this guitar. It sounds so much more musical now, if you know what I mean. Worth the price and the wait.

PappaRay

B.C. Canada

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Mar 14th, 2012 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Compton brass on my G5120. Nice improvement.

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Mar 20th, 2012 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are those Tru-Arcs and Comptons compensated? I just got a new 6120 with the roller bridge. I got it intonated as well as it's going to get but wouldn't mind if it was better.

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Mar 21st, 2012 05:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Urby,

the Tru-Arc is just like your original bridge, but it matches the the neck fret radius.

The Compton is an elegant looking bridge that matches the neck radius, but doesn't rock at all.

Neither is compensated for individual strings. You should be cautious when applying either one to fixed pin bridges.

rvw



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Mar 22nd, 2012 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Neither is compensated for individual strings."

Geez, what's the point of buying a TruArc or Compton, then? Are they suppose to sound better?

"You should be cautious when applying either one to fixed pin bridges."

Mine is a floating bridge but why the concern?

(This message was last edited by urby at 11:00 AM, Mar 22nd, 2012)

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Mar 22nd, 2012 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Geez, what's the point of buying a TruArc or Compton, then? Are they suppose to sound better?"

Yes. The bridges with many components tend to rattle. In theory, the simple bridges transmit the string vibrations more directly to the top. I think this is true to a certain point, but testimonials seem to a bit over the top on this.

Another reason is to match the fretboard radius. The stock bridges aren't real accurate in this regard. But then again, an inch or two error on the radius makes only a few thousands of an inch error on the string action.

"Mine is a floating bridge but why the concern?"

If you change string gauge or action, the bridge needs to be moved for good average intonation. Not to mention the fact that manufacturers screw the location up frequently. My early '70s D28 and J50 are cases in point on this.

rvw


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Mar 22nd, 2012 11:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gotcha! Thanks for your time, Lee.

Axis40

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John F.
Mar 23rd, 2012 04:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Neither is compensated for individual strings. You should be cautious when applying either one to fixed pin bridges."

However, the Compton is angled to help with intonation.... It is considered compensated by some. But, as stated, not for each individual string.

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Butterscotch Blues
Mar 24th, 2012 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And I must repeat, my guitar sounds so much better with the Tru Arc.

JohnD

USA

May 25th, 2012 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The original intent of the Tru-Arc was to offer a bar bridge that had the correct radius for the guitar.

The stock bar bridge radius varies. I've seen up to 19".

The different materials just allows the player to "fine tune" the tone to their tastes.

I really like the stainless steel for adding sustain, and a good attack.

Well worth the money IMO on any Gretsch

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Butterscotch Blues
May 26th, 2012 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I really like the stainless steel for adding sustain, and a good attack."

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