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    Default Let's talk Bass bridges

    i'm interested in effects of replacing an eg stock jazzbass bridge
    with heavier models ...
    did anybody try out the legendary badass ii or a schaller stell bridge?
    are they worth their money?

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    Try to find an old Gotoh 400-series.

    Best bass brigdes EVER made.

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    Badass Bridges are exactly that, just Badass
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    Default Re: Let's talk Bass bridges

    Go Kahler
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    YAAAA!!! Kahler Bass trems!! Totally forgot these are available again
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    Default Re: Let's talk Bass bridges

    @kamanda
    kahler? never heard of them - all i googled was rather lightweight looking.
    can you link me a specific 4 string jb bridge?

    @erlend
    it will not be an easy task to find. i didn't think of that, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baltar
    @kamanda
    kahler? never heard of them - all i googled was rather lightweight looking.
    can you link me a specific 4 string jb bridge?
    ...
    http://www.kahlerusa.com/home.html

    Look under: Products -> Fixed Bridge Systems -> 2440 Bass Fixed Bridge

    Or of course under: Products -> Tremolo Bridge Systems -> Bass Tremolo (there are 2 models and they´re equally good)

    *Edit* OMFG!!! Now they even have 5 and 6 String Bass trems, I can´t remember those in the ´80s
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    Default Re: Let's talk Bass bridges

    great, a bass tremolo. i haven't seen this before.

    but i think i rather look for a fixed bridge
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    Then block it. Everybody else is blocking their trems, why shouldn´t you? Why should bassists not be allowed the same priveleges as guitarists?

    J/K, you can´t block a Kahler anyway
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    damn, now i want a bass and a trem for it. Too bad kahlers are so damn expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loserchief
    damn, now i want a bass and a trem for it. Too bad kahlers are so damn expensive.
    Seriously, I´m like SOO close to tearing off the Badass from my Washburn and ordering a 2400 that it´s not even remotely safe for me to be in this thread anymore
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    do it! and then find out that you don't like it and hand the bridge to me for free
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loserchief
    do it! and then find out that you don't like it and hand the bridge to me for free
    I LOVE Kahler Bass trems, No chance... In fact, that´s the whole problem
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    Default Re: Let's talk Bass bridges

    @zerberus:
    just in case - you can make me a good offer for the badass

    shipping wouldn't be an issue, the deutsche post could handle it :-)


    by the way. i found a new gotoh bridge. it's made of brass and
    has a fair price. doesn't look bad
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    Default Re: Let's talk Bass bridges

    Meet my 1965 Jazz Bass.



    Somewhere around 6-7 years ago I lost one of the saddle height adjustment screws. I had to find a replacement or a different bridge. I had heard about how much "sustain" and "tone" you get from the "upgrade" to a Badass II so I forked out the cash and installed it, had the saddles notched by a professional. And the difference was... nothing. It made my bass a bit heavier, nothing noticable. But nothing noticable in "tone" or "sustain" or much of anything except for a big ol' shiny bridge on my bass.

    When I was installing the bridge I happened to find the stock saddle screw on the floor. Over the course of the years I've switched back and forth between the stock and the Badass and I can't tell the difference. I've figured since I spent the money on the Badass, and since I can't return it, and I don't wish to lose another 40+ year old screw, I'll keep the Badass on.

    It makes all the sense in the world that the Badass is an "upgrade." Just by the merit of its larger footprint, it should be able to transfer more vibration to the body. It makes sense that the saddles are in their own trough, to prevent drift. It makes sense that the saddles can be notched for lining up perfectly with your pickups and fretboard... All the common sense on paper doesn't add up to a noticable difference to whatever money you're spending on the bridge.

    If there's something wrong with your bridge- it won't intonate, it rattles, or it's cracked or broken- the Badass is a great replacement- I just honestly don't think it's any sort of "upgrade" to a functional bridge.
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    Default Re: Let's talk Bass bridges

    great, thanks for the details.
    nice jazzbass you have
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