stroker vance wrote:
Yeah he says he has just a couple things to do to it then lists about 37 mods to do. The worst one being putting a bad $@! 2 tone sucker bridge on it. Will they ever learn?..... bless there souls.
Just curious...why the negative sentiment concerning the BadAss bridge? Since I have never owned a bass with this type of bridge I am really wantig some input from folks with experience using them.What would you recommend?
I just know I really want to replace the current one..a bit thin. Are the Fender Hi-Mass bridges enough of an upgrade to warrant the investment?
Another idea I am kicking around..and bear with me..is a trem.Either a Kahler or Hipshot.
Any input would be appreciated!
Not everyone believes the Leo Quan hype about BA Bridges having "better tone." Actually what you get with one is the same tone as you have before only it lasts longer. So if you need more sustain then a high mass bridge is in order.
Many people find that the original Fender bridges are easier to initially setup. If the stock Fender bridges were good enough for James L. Jamerson, Duck Dunn, Carol Kaye, Timothy B. Schmidt, John Entwhistle, Noel Redding, Jaco Pastorius and so forth....they are good enough for me.
I'm often looking for ways to cut sustain to get vintage correct tones and wind up using a foam wedge under the strings or a felt wrap to do that. Some people use old socks.
Anyway, the Leo Quan bridges are ultra stable once you get them setup. But they can be a booger to setup. They also have longer saddle travel for intonation purposes than any other bridge which is an advantage. One disadvantage is their pathetic customer support. Two emails I sent to them over 18 months ago inquiring on purchasing a replacement part are still unanswered.
My all time favorite Fender bridge is the vintage threaded saddle one (Fender part number 099-0804-100) because the threads on the saddles stop lateral movement while playing. This one:
Installing a tremolo on a bass is a major decision as it requires routing the body of the instrument. This is pretty much an irreversible decision so make sure you really have to have it.