Hardtail Bridge Selection

Hardtail Bridge Selection

Postby BJolley » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:52 pm

I spent much of the weekend finally turning a plank of San Joaquin claro walnut into the start of a Tiger-inspired build. Now I need to get serious about ordering some hardware. The body is flat with 1/2" round-over rather than archtop. I plan to do a Fender-style hardtail bridge rather than TOM and I'm looking at both the Hipshot hardtail or the Schaller 475. Does anyone have experience with either of these?

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Re: Hardtail Bridge Selection

Postby mgbills » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:35 am

+1 for the Shaller 475. Nice piece of hardware.
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Re: Hardtail Bridge Selection

Postby tcsned » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:32 am

mgbills wrote:+1 for the Shaller 475. Nice piece of hardware.

+2 on that. I've got that bridge on 2 guitars and love it.
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Re: Hardtail Bridge Selection

Postby Mr.Burns » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:27 am

I have a Schaller 477 and it may be the greatest hardtail bridge ever made. It's not quite on a guitar yet, but my experience with Schaller is only positive. Adjustable for height, intonation, and string spacing. Hipshot can't do that. Anybody with a 475/477 ever have the problem I keep reading about? Where the e string pops out of the roller on a bend above the 15th fret?

I know there is a model that is only available overseas with holes/slots for anchoring the ball ends underneath the bridge when used with the riser plate. Anyone ever modify a 475/477 to accept string-thru? When I look at the bridge, I can't shake the feeling that it should be done that way, but it would require some very careful preperation.
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Re: Hardtail Bridge Selection

Postby mgbills » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:33 am

I really wanted a bridge with the machine quality of the Schaller's, that would also allow the strings to pass through the body. I settled for the fine machine work.
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Re: Hardtail Bridge Selection

Postby BJolley » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:31 am

Great feedback. I don't mind the absence of string-thru on the Schaller. I have read some comments like those mentioned by Mr. Burns about the low E string coming out of the bridge. That would be my biggest concern -- but sounds like this may not be a problem for the owners on here?
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Re: Hardtail Bridge Selection

Postby tcsned » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:20 pm

BJolley wrote:Great feedback. I don't mind the absence of string-thru on the Schaller. I have read some comments like those mentioned by Mr. Burns about the low E string coming out of the bridge. That would be my biggest concern -- but sounds like this may not be a problem for the owners on here?

I have been known to really beat the shit out of my guitars on occasion and have never had that issue. First guitar with that bridge I used for 3 years or so (100+ shows a year) and the new one for about a year and no problems. I use the Adamas pick too.
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Re: Hardtail Bridge Selection

Postby BJolley » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:17 pm

tcsned wrote:I have been known to really beat the shit out of my guitars on occasion and have never had that issue. First guitar with that bridge I used for 3 years or so (100+ shows a year) and the new one for about a year and no problems. I use the Adamas pick too.


That's a ringing endorsement to this bedroom player.
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Re: Hardtail Bridge Selection

Postby BJolley » Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:04 pm

Follow up question: If I go with a >2" bridge spacing (say 2 1/8") I understand I want an F-spaced Super 2 for the bridge, but do I want the same for the middle position or do I want a regular spaced Super 2? I assume F-Spaced as the single coil SDS-1 in the neck will also be F-spaced. Just wondering.
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Re: Hardtail Bridge Selection

Postby Mr.Burns » Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:36 pm

Your pickups should all be the same spacing, then use the rollers to match it exactly. Or at least thats how I assume it was intended to be used.
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