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 Post subject: Re: Bass Bridge Replacement : Why ?
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:22 am 
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I can agree with some of what you guys have said, well until a little over a year ago when I came upon the best after market bridge. The KSM foundation bass bridge is by far the best I've tried, and I have gone through just about all of them, the badass, babicz, hipshot. None of these can hold a candle to the increased sustain, string response and over all better tone I got when I switched over to it. It's hard to explain how it effects the sound and feel, it just makes the bass alive in your hands. You can feel every note! Since the whole thing locks down, and becomes one solid piece, you never have to worry about the saddles shifting on intonation or action. I transferred all my basses over to it. The cost was worth it. I can't say the same for any other bridges I've tried. The KSM gave me the sound and feel I've always wanted. Yes, each bass is different, but this bridge brings out the true characteristics of the instrument, which is awesome! And it was about a 12 minute process to replace the stock bridge on my Matt Freeman P bass with the Foundation bridge. I'd say check it out. You don't know what you're missing out on until you play on this bridge.
There are bunch of videos on youtube on it, and I've even posted a couple with the basses I'm building.


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 Post subject: Re: Bass Bridge Replacement : Why ?
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 5:11 pm 
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Malyse Intende wrote:
I can agree with some of what you guys have said, well until a little over a year ago when I came upon the best after market bridge. The KSM foundation bass bridge is by far the best I've tried, and I have gone through just about all of them, the badass, babicz, hipshot. None of these can hold a candle to the increased sustain, string response and over all better tone I got when I switched over to it. It's hard to explain how it effects the sound and feel, it just makes the bass alive in your hands. You can feel every note! Since the whole thing locks down, and becomes one solid piece, you never have to worry about the saddles shifting on intonation or action. I transferred all my basses over to it. The cost was worth it. I can't say the same for any other bridges I've tried. The KSM gave me the sound and feel I've always wanted. Yes, each bass is different, but this bridge brings out the true characteristics of the instrument, which is awesome! And it was about a 12 minute process to replace the stock bridge on my Matt Freeman P bass with the Foundation bridge. I'd say check it out. You don't know what you're missing out on until you play on this bridge.
There are bunch of videos on youtube on it, and I've even posted a couple with the basses I'm building.
$@!&! i wish these were like $50 less and came in chrome . . .


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 Post subject: Re: Bass Bridge Replacement : Why ?
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 9:57 am 
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If you play slap bass style..I highly recommend the Leo BAII bridge. Try to get the pre-slotted version.


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 Post subject: Re: Bass Bridge Replacement : Why ?
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 2:10 pm 
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Dalembic wrote:
If you play slap bass style..I highly recommend the Leo BAII bridge. Try to get the pre-slotted version.

what is the deal with slotting on those? i see a lot of them used, some have it for certain strings, others dont . . .


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 Post subject: Re: Bass Bridge Replacement : Why ?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:03 am 
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I am bewildered at the majority of posts here that seem to assume that different versions of the Leo Quan BA are the only possibilities that exist for replacing a Fender bridge. A few people have mentioned others like Babicz, Gotoh, and KSM (I hadn't heard of KSM, so I'm glad that was posted), but the majority either don't consider them worthy of discussion or are unaware of their existence.

I have used Schallers and Hipshots, and I have been happy with the results. I'm planning on using a Babicz and a newer Gotoh J510SJ-5 in the near future. Maybe I'll try the KSM eventually as well.

Why? Looks, sustain, and I like having the feel of something solid. And I don't like BA bridges.

If you are concerned with having a bridge that fits under a bridge cover, then you obviously aren't concerned with how a bridge looks. And if you're satisfied with the sustain provided by the original design of a Fender bridge, then there really isn't a reason for you to change bridges.

Personally, I don't like bridge or pickup covers, so they're the first things to come off, which means the appearance of the bridge is a little more important. But that's just me.


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 Post subject: Re: Bass Bridge Replacement : Why ?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:05 am 
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I stay away from the new options in guitar parts, mainly because things just keep getting cheaper in build quality these days...and many of these companies have the nerve to charge more for the lesser product. The BAII is solid chrome..no cheapo plating. What are the other aftermarket bridges made of?


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 Post subject: Re: Bass Bridge Replacement : Why ?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:07 pm 
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Dalembic wrote:
What are the other aftermarket bridges made of?

Better designs.


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