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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Excellent Bass Bridge at decent price.

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Nov 26th, 2018 07:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have use Gotoh 102 B and BabicZ Chrome bridges. I found the Gotoh 102 B to do a good job. For my new Fender P Player Bass I ordered the new Hipshot. This one blows away the BabicZ And unlike the Gotoh there is no hollow space in the bridge.
The new Hipshot bass bridge has adjustable brass insert saddles that are very easy to adjust the string position. The brass saddles can be replaced with stainless steal saddles from Hipshot for $5 plus shipping. Brass=mellow Stainless= harmonics and brighter. Includes 2 extra brass saddles, 2 shorted saddle adjustment screws to increase range of saddle if needed for intonation (mine did not) and a small hex adjusting tool for saddles. Was able to achieve perfect intonation and string height. Only suggestion remove string tension (for those who have never done it). Suggest using a good strobe tuner. There are no voids in this bridge as is with the Gotoh 201B/. For those concerned with neck dive this should help that.
Best Bridge I have used. Note: comes in Chrome, Black and 5 string models also.

Since I have TI Jazz Flats on 2 other basses I have found on this bass the D'Addario NYXL Nickel plated .050-.105. Great strings excellent intonation, feel and tone.

Hipshot Kickass 4 Bridge

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 09:25 AM, Nov 26th, 2018)

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Nov 26th, 2018 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hipshot gear is nice. I put a Hipshot bridge on my Rickenbacker bass and love it. Of course, just about anything would be an improvement over the stock Ric bass bridge.



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Nov 26th, 2018 12:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just curious - was there an issue with the stock Fender bridge? I've owned a lot of Fender basses over the years and never had an issue with one of their bridges that made me want to change to a different one. Just out of curiosity, I did install a Badass II on a Fender JP-90 once, but really didn't notice much difference other than added weight.

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Nov 27th, 2018 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Bonkers, the original stock unit is decent. I just like the functionality, looks and sustain of a heavier bridge. The only Fender Bridge I really love is on my Fender American Pro. I will admit much of my reason for changing is the stock just looks so puny but it is a better than MIM stock bridges in the past (thicker steel). I could have gotten by without changing it but have to admit this new Hipshot is definitely a good one in most all aspects. Seems to help reduce dead spots that the BabicZ I had laying around created. I do not remember dead spots being an issue When I got it. Didn't think a bridge would help or create this problem. Still scratching my head on this. I do not think you can go wrong with the stock or this Hipshot Bridge. BTW: For what it's worth, I tried a Bad-ass bridge once and was not impressed.

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 08:24 AM, Nov 27th, 2018)

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Dec 5th, 2018 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I chose one very much like that for my Warmoth G5 bass.

That Hipshot looks like a remake of the ...

Leo Quan Badass

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Dec 30th, 2018 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I ordered stanless steel set of Saddle inserts for my Hipshot “Kickass” Bridge direct from Hipshot ($5.00 plus shipping) to replace the Brass saddle inserts. Much happier. Made a pronounced difference in sound and string to string balance. Extremely easy to replace using the small hex wrench to loosen the one hex screw holding it in place plus the saddle can be moved left or right for string alignment. Great Bridge plus the saddles are notched for each string with varying widths and the bottom of the notch slanted upward from back to front giving a good break point at the front.

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 11:41 PM, Jan 1st, 2019)

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